This special To The Best of Our Knowledge series includes 5 programs:
Science vs. Religion
Are science and religion really separate realms? Why is there a dichotomy? What is religion’s role in the 21st century?
Guests include Richard Dawkins, biologist and atheist; Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project; Karen Armstrong, historian of religion.
Is the universe designed for life? What are the religious implications of scientific theories?
Guests include Thebe Medupe, African cosmologist; Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist; Donald Gurnette, plasma astrophysicist at NASA on space sounds.
The Brain & Belief
Is religious experience really just brain chemistry? What’s happening in the brain during spiritual and mystical experiences?
Guests include Richard Davidson, leading neuroscientist on the science of meditation; Mingyur Rinpoche, Buddhist master and meditation teacher.
Can a Darwinian be a Christian? Can evolution and religion be reconciled?
Guests include E.O. Wilson, founder of sociobiology; Simon Conway Morris, Cambridge University paleontologist; Paul Nelson, critic of Darwinian evolution.
Awe and Wonder
Why does nature so often invoke feelings of the sacred? Can atheists be spiritual?
Guests include Ursula Goodenough, leading cell biologist; Nicholas Harberd, British botanist; Coleman Barks, translator of Islamic Sufi mystic/poet Rumi.
By Jim Fleming