Ep 51: Rosie to RoboCop: Gender, Religion, and Robots – with guest Dr. Jennifer Robertson

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It may not seem like it when you glance at your Roomba, but robots are influencing gender roles, family, and even religion.  From Rosie to RoboCop, robots and gender have a connection in both science fiction and reality.  “Female” robots are often small, with almond shaped eyes and light colors, while “male” robots are burly, with […]

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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, […]

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Ep. 25: Sustainability – The Bigger Picture – with guest Dr. Oliver Putz

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When you think of protecting our planet, what comes to mind?  Making a better world for your children?  Cleaning up your neighborhood?  Often, we think of that which we see around us – our communities, our lives, and our loved ones.  There is nothing wrong with that response.  But perhaps, when looking at sustainability, we […]

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 […]