Week of December 19, 2010

Week of December 19, 2010

The Sacred Depths of Nature

Can Science Be Sacred?

August 28, 2011
(was 12.19.2010)

Science and the Search for Meaning: Five Questions, Part Five: There's a growing movement of secular scientists who revel in the awe and wonder of nature. In fact, many consider this a religious experience – without God. 

  1. Steve Paulson on The Awe and Wonder Crowd

    A growing number of secular scientists and philosophers are rejecting the term "atheist" in favor of a definition that acknowledges the wonder and mystery of the world around us.

    Average: 4.7 (29 votes)
  2. Diana Beresford-Kroeger on the Power of Trees

    Diana Beresford-Kroeger tells Anne Strainchamps that the lives of trees and human beings are inter-related all the way down to the molecular level.

    Average: 4.6 (73 votes)
  3. Arthur Zajonc on The Contemplative Life

    Arthur Zajonc tells Jim Fleming that Einstein's idea of god is common to many top scientists.

    Average: 4.5 (17 votes)
  4. Birute Galdikas on Orangutans

    We hear from orangutan researcher Birute Galdikas who talks about her experience in Borneo observing the lives orangutans and about the deep connections she shared with them.

    Average: 4.5 (14 votes)
  5. David Abram on Becoming Animal

    David Abrams tells Steve Paulson about his animistic beliefs and recounts a remarkable story about a shaman who could turn himself into a raven.

    Average: 4.6 (28 votes)
The Uses of Enchantment

The Uses of Enchantment

November 20, 2011
(was 12.19.2010)

Just because we've all grown up and aren't supposed to believe in fairy tales and magic doesn't mean we don't still need them.

  1. Signe Pike on "Faery Tale"

    Signe Pike chucked her job at a NY publishing house to looking for fairies in Mexico and the British Isles.

    Average: 4.8 (10 votes)
  2. Neil Gaiman on "American Gods"

    Neil Gaiman is among the most celebrated writers of the fantastic. He's a transplant to the Midwest who discovered the House on the Rock in Spring Green, WI...

    Average: 4.9 (17 votes)
  3. Salman Rushdie on "Luka and the Fire of Life"

    Salman Rushdie's life has been a fantasy, but not necessarily in the way he would have wanted.

    Average: 4.4 (5 votes)
  4. A.S. Byatt on the Power of Fairy Tales

    Fairy tales are part of all our lives, whether it's Snow White or Cinderella of Little Red Riding Hood.

    Average: 4.2 (11 votes)