July 23, 2018

Why Are We Here?

When Dale Long had asked himself the large life question, "Why are we here?," he wasn't always sure of the answer. But one night of stargazing with his children brought him clarity on his place in the universe.
October 30, 2017

The Wonders of the Future

Gene Rodenberry, Isaac Asimov and other science fiction writers transport readers to times and galaxies far away. Law professor Scott Shackelford believes sci-fi gives him a way to connect with his father and sharpen his own intellect in the real world.
March 7, 2017

A Balance Between Nature And Nurture

In debating nature versus nurture, Gloria Steinem believes we are asking the wrong question. She says we are an unpredictable mix of both, a mix that creates endless possibilities for a better future.
January 12, 2017

The Tense Middle

Nobel Prize–winning chemist Roald Hoffmann believes the middle is a good place to be. It reminds the Cornell professor of the choices we can make in life and helps him see the possibility for change.
December 21, 2016

We Are All Stardust

In the deepest reaches of the cosmos, scientists have found sound waves they think came from the Big Bang. Episcopal priest and science teacher Kimberly Woodbury believes those waves are a siren call connecting all of us to the mysteries of the universe.
September 13, 2016

The Power of Mysteries

Childhood wonder at the stars fueled Alan Lightman’s interest in science. Now an astrophysicist and novelist, Lightman believes our greatest creativity, in science and art, comes from awe at the unknown.
October 26, 2015

Living at the Science-Religion Interface

Theodor Benfey is a scientist who believes the fields of both science and religion must stay open in searching for truth. Benfey believes that God is the ultimate force of truth and that love is the path of the self to God, so therefore, he finds that it is love that binds him to God and the ultimate truth.
March 2, 2015


I remember the wonder of Sea-Monkeys. My grandfather bought me them as a random gift when I was four years old. I was interested in this plastic tank with a background of odd pink creatures holding tridents. I filled the...
September 15, 2014

Science is the Gateway to Understanding

I believe that science is the gateway to understanding – understanding ourselves, our universe, our relationships, our thoughts, feelings and emotions. I believe that learning is a science, and that learning science allows us to synergistically compound our capabilities. As...