Week of August 07, 2011

Week of August 07, 2011

Waiting for the Apocalypse

Waiting for the Apocalypse

July 22, 2012
(was 08.07.2011)

Apocalyptic thinking is everywhere, from predictions about Christian “end times” to the 2012 Mayan prophecy about the end of the world.  So what’s going on? 

  1. Elaine Pagels on Book of Revelation

    Renowned religious historian Elaine Pagels says the Book of Revelation is the Bible's most controversial book and she explains its enduring appeal.

    Average: 4.5 (53 votes)
  2. Shannon O'Malley on Apocalypse Cakes

    Feeling hopeless? How about cake recipes for the Apocalypse? Shannon O'Malley offers a few of her favorite recipes.

    Average: 4.1 (39 votes)
  3. David Stuart on Mayan calendar

    Some people believe there's a Mayan prophecy that the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012. What does the Mayan calendar really say? Mayanist David Stuart uncovers the real story.

    Average: 4.1 (26 votes)
  4. Brian Greene on Future of the Universe

    Do physicists think about End Times? Noted string theorist Brian Greene does. He looks into the far future - billions of years from now - and sees a very dark universe.

    Average: 3.2 (19 votes)
  5. Ron Rosenbaum on Nuclear War

    Ever since the Cold War ended, we've largely forgotten about the threat of nuclear war. Ron Rosenbaum says that's a huge mistake. In fact, the threat is very real in today's world.

    Average: 4.1 (23 votes)
  6. Slavoj Zizek on Living in End Times

    Slavoj Zizek is the "world's hippest philosopher," says the Telegraph. Zizek talks about the hidden atheism of Christianity, the danger of poets in power, and the limits of capitalism.

    Average: 3.8 (44 votes)
Life's Solution

What Does Evolution Want?

August 7, 2011
(was 11.28.2010)

 Is the evolution of intelligent life inevitable, or a biological accident? We explore the question “What does evolution want?”

  1. Simon Conway Morris on the Evolution of Intelligent Life

    Renowned British paleontologist Simon Conway Morris believes human-like intelligence was the inevitable outcome of the appearance of life on earth.

    Average: 4.1 (8 votes)
  2. Robert Richards on Charles Darwin

    Historian and philosopher of science Robert Richards tells Steve Paulson that Charles Darwin himself believed evolution marches inevitably toward greater complexity.

    Average: 3.2 (6 votes)
  3. Ruth Padel on “Darwin: A Life in Poems”

    Ruth Padel is an acclaimed British poet and a direct descendent of Charles Darwin. She’s now written “Darwin: A Life in Poems,” having grown up hearing stories about her famous ancestor.

    Average: 4.4 (5 votes)
  4. John Haught on the Theology of Evolution

    John Haught is a Roman Catholic theologian at Georgetown University, and the author of “God After Darwin” and “God and the New Atheism.”

    Average: 3.2 (10 votes)
  5. John Hawks on Modern Human Evolution

    Paleo-anthropologist John Hawks talks about how we continue to evolve--changes that can be seen in the bones of modern humans.

    Average: 3.7 (15 votes)