Ep. 16: The Robotic Moral Code – Programming Ethics into Machines with guest Dr. Don Howard

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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 systems to robots in healthcare, machines will be called upon to make ethical decisions. Even Google Maps displays a certain […]

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Ep. 15: Create Your Own Brain – Neuroscience, Addiction, and Designer Brains with Dr. Alan Weissenbacher

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Are certain people born with an innate ability to be better at mathematics? Or the ability to play the piano beautifully? Do people with excellent spatial ability grow up to be taxi drivers or architects? Or instead, do we have control over what our brains excel at? Can we choose our skills and decide how […]

Ep. 14: Climate Change, Religion, and Ethics – A Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspective

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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 are talking to three people involved in various religious environmental organizations, each representing a different faith community – Soltan Bryce […]

Ep. 13: The Star of Bethlehem – A Real Event? – An Analysis with Dr. Peter Barthel

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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 myrrh.  But is this story grounded in reality?  Or was it a literary device concocted by Matthew as he wrote […]

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Ep. 12: Space: East and West – Space, Technology, and Culture with Dr. Susmita Mohanty

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Culture affects many things within our lives – even how we approach considerable ventures such as space exploration.  Today, we talk to Dr. Susmita Mohanty about how the philosophical underpinnings and culture within India’s space program lead to a differing mindset than the space programs in the West. Susmita herself has lived around the world and started businesses on three […]