"I told him to be fruitful and multiply, but not in those words."
Is the gap between objective and inner reality the reason we
have difficulty understanding large numbers, the way statistics works,
scientific theories like quantum
physics or how to navigate the complexities of modern society, which is so
different from a small tribe of hunter-gatherers?
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“Modern life” is killing off the animal kingdom, but there are no easy solutions for the crisis. Some scientists believe that cloning may offer a partial solution. While it may make only a tiny dent in the problem, scientists argue that at least it would preserve the world’s biological heritage from total annihilation.
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We've all descended from a common ancestor, but, as Homo
sapiens, we no longer brachiate through trees and have long abandoned our
stone tools for Blackberrys and iPods. Evolution has shaped us into the big-brained, bipedal,
text-messaging specimens we are today. But it didn't happened without a lot of
pressure. SETI Radio takes a look at some of the forces that have driven human evolution -
from the snake-phobia that sharpened our eyesight, to the anger-management that
was a prerequisite for civilization.
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Theoretical physicist Brian Greene is without a doubt the poster child of string theory. Being a good-looking geek who is also a Hollywood savvy physics genius would be hard to pull off, but Greene makes it all look so easy.
The best-selling author of the Pulitzer nominated book The Elegant Universe has helped write dialogue for 3rd Rock From the Sun, lent cameos to films like Mimzy and guested on The Colbert Report, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Letterman when he isn’t busy figuring out the nature of the Universe. But as any scientist can tell you, a big part of finding big answers is asking big questions. Greene happens to be a master at asking big questions as you'll read in his interview with with Common Ground's Jamie Friddle.
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It continues baffle scientists and astronomers alike, as no one can prove that it exists, but it seems that it hast to exist. Dark energy, seemingly making up 75% of our universe’s matter, could possibly lead to Einstein’s law of gravity being wrong, but will definitely expand our understanding of the cosmos if we can explain it.
Now,38 scientists from 19 international institutions have started the GRavitational Lensing Accuracy Testing 2008 (GREAT08) PASCAL Challenge, an international competition challenging anyone interested to solve the dark energy/matter mystery.
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