philosophy of the self

Ep. 37: The Philosophy of the Self: From Spirituality to Neuroscience – with guest Dr. Evan Thompson

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What is the self? Does the collection of neurons in our brains define the entirety of who we are?    Modern day neuroscience attempts to explain who we are through understanding how the brain works, sometimes even trying to find a single entity that can be labeled as the “self”.  Yet, for thousands of years, […]

Climate Change, Religion, and Ethics – A Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspective (rerun)

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SparkDialog Podcasts is currently on break until February 6th with Season 3.  In the meantime, enjoy this best of episode. Climate change is often viewed as a political problem. But in reality, it is a scientific issue, and perhaps equally as important, it is a moral and spiritual issue. How are religious communities responding?  Today we […]

CRISPR

CRISPR – With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility – with guest Dr. Leila Jamal (rerun)

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SparkDialog Podcasts is currently on break until February 6th with Season 3.  In the meantime, enjoy this best of episode. The power to edit genes is now within our hands.  You may have heard of it.  It’s a technology called CRISPR-Cas9.  It’s taking the science world by storm, due to its ease of deployment and […]

The Star of Bethlehem – A Real Event? – with guest Dr. Peter Barthel (rerun)

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SparkDialog Podcasts is currently on break until February 6th with Season 3.  In the meantime, enjoy this best of episode. We hear it every year around this time – the story of the Nativity.  More specifically, we hear about three wise men, following the star of Bethlehem to bring the newborn Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense, and […]

The Robotic Moral Code – Programming Ethics into Machines – with guest Dr. Don Howard (rerun)

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SparkDialog Podcasts is currently on break until February 6th with Season 3.  In the meantime, enjoy this best of episode. A robotic moral code may seem like an odd thing to talk about. But there are now instances when robots, machines, and artificial intelligence will need an ethical framework. From self-driving cars to autonomous weapons […]

space ethics

Ep. 36: Getting a Second Chance: Space Ethics, Mining, and Colonization – with guest Dr. Tony Milligan

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Living among the stars has long been a dream of humanity.  But as we begin to step off this Earth and colonize other planets, many will argue: do we deserve a second chance? With climate change, over-exploitation of natural resources, and man-made ecological problems on this planet, we should stop and wonder – what can […]

prosthetic hand

Ep. 35: Lending a Hand – a Prosthetic Hand – with guests Dr. David Grow and His Group

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Imagine you’re having a bad day.  In the blink of an eye, a household accident causes you to loose the fingers on one hand.  You go from having a normal life to having nothing ever being the same again.  Flipping a pancake, hammering a nail, or combing your hair become seemingly unsurmountable challenges. Not too […]

Zombees

Ep. 34: Zombees! A Halloween Episode – with guest Dr. John Hafernik

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One day a few years ago, zombees were discovered in San Francisco. No, not zombies.  No brains were eaten, or undead reanimated.  We’re talking about zombees.  This is an affliction currently affecting honeybees in North America.  These bees have their bodies hijacked by a parasite that slowly eats them from the inside out.  As these […]