13.7: Cosmos And Culture
Aug 29, 2014 — Boredom is increasingly a thing of the past. We've got devices to fill up every instant. Some people say baseball is boring. But maybe its popularity is in the fact that it allows us room to be bored?
Aug 28, 2014 — Some people of faith claim that the world is meaningless without belief in God or gods or an afterlife. Commentator Barbara J. King says the view of some atheists is mirrored in two recent novels.
Aug 27, 2014 — We've learned so much, yet we still don't know the composition of 95 percent of the cosmos. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says it is good to stay humble and keep an open mind as the search continues.
Aug 26, 2014 — Your birth and death define the end points of a line in the four dimensions of space-time, explains commentator Adam Frank. All the moments and all the places in between fill out this line.
Aug 25, 2014 — The complex science of fetal and early childhood development is sometimes distilled into a single, unhelpful message: It's all about mom. Psychologist Tania Lombrozo explains how values can play in.
Aug 22, 2014 — What makes some middle-aged men and women act like children at the baseball park? Commentator Alva NoŽ wonders about that distinct attitude of love and longing that we call "being a fan."
Aug 21, 2014 — Are trigger warnings a good idea when teachers ask students to consider material about emotionally wrenching topics? Anthropologist Barbara J. King says yes — in some cases.
Aug 20, 2014 — Is immortality something desirable, or a many-headed monster? Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says that as medical science extends our lifespan, the question becomes more real all the time.
Aug 19, 2014 — Life as we know it is being threatened by everything from climate change to resource depletion. Commentator Adam Frank looks back at 1177 B.C. — and what we might learn from peoples past.
Aug 18, 2014 — What can a near-encounter with poison hemlock tell us about childhood development and problems of induction? Commentator Tania Lombrozo explains.