"Why do people see the Virgin Mary on cheese sandwiches or
hear demonic lyrics in "Stairway to Heaven"? Using video,
images and music, professional skeptic Michael Shermer
explores these and other phenomena, including UFOs and
"What do we know and what do we not know about
autism? How can parents, educators and the
general public cut through the hype, the unproven
and the blatantly bogus? Join renowned autism
researcher Laura Schreibman and find out."
"Author Robert Wright explains "non-zero-sumness," a game-
theory term describing how players with linked fortunes
tend to cooperate for mutual benefit. This dynamic has
guided our biological and cultural evolution, he says --
but our unwillingness to understand one another, as in the
clash between the Muslim world and the West, will lead to
all of us losing the "game." Once we recognize that life is
a non-zero-sum game, in which we all must cooperate to
succeed, it will force us to see that moral progress --
a move toward empathy -- is our only hope."
"Two fundamental theories -- quantum mechanics and
relativity -- have changed forever our
understanding of reality. Quantum mechanics
describes the very small-scale structure of atoms
and their components. Relativity describes the
very large-scale structure of space and time.
Today's panelists discuss why some physicists
have suddenly become obsessed with using physics
to explain the human mind, consciousness and how
we think. Joining host Robert Kuhn are sci-fi
novelist Gregory Benford; physicist James Trefil;
consciousness expert David Chalmers; philosopher of mind John Searle;
and theoretical physicist Fred Alan Wolf. "
"Novelist Amy Tan digs deep into the creative process,
journeying through her childhood and family history and
into the worlds of physics and chance, looking for hints
of where her own creativity comes from. It's a wild ride
with a surprise ending."
"Join Stuart Lipton of The Burnham Institute and
discover important anti-aging strategies, the
latest drugs for degenerative disorders such as
Alzheimer's disease and the potential use of
human stem cells for neurological conditions."
"Susan Blackmore studies memes: ideas that replicate
themselves from brain to brain like a virus. She makes
a bold new argument: Humanity has spawned a new kind
of meme, the teme, which spreads itself via technology
-- and invents ways to keep itself alive."
"Anthropologist Wade Davis muses on the worldwide web of
belief and ritual that makes us human. He shares
breathtaking photos and stories of the Elder Brothers, a
group of Sierra Nevada indians whose spiritual practice
holds the world in balance."