Can Science Be Sacred?

August 28, 2011
(was 12.19.2010)

Science and the Search for Meaning: Five Questions, Part Five: Can Science be Sacred?

What if you don't believe in God, and the thought of church makes you queasy? Can you still experience the sacred? There's a growing movement of secular scientists who revel in the awe and wonder of nature. In fact, many consider this a religious experience – without God. We'll talk about the search for a science-based spirituality, and hear from a leading animist philosopher, in this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge.

Complete Transcripts of Steve Paulson's Interviews with:
Jane Goodall
E.O. Wilson
Stuart Kauffman


  1. Steve Paulson on The Awe and Wonder Crowd

    A growing number of secular scientists and philosophers are rejecting the term "atheist" in favor of a definition that acknowledges the wonder and mystery of the world around us.

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  2. Diana Beresford-Kroeger on the Power of Trees

    Diana Beresford-Kroeger tells Anne Strainchamps that the lives of trees and human beings are inter-related all the way down to the molecular level.

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  3. Arthur Zajonc on The Contemplative Life

    Arthur Zajonc tells Jim Fleming that Einstein's idea of god is common to many top scientists.

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  4. Birute Galdikas on Orangutans

    We hear from orangutan researcher Birute Galdikas who talks about her experience in Borneo observing the lives orangutans and about the deep connections she shared with them.

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  5. David Abram on Becoming Animal

    David Abrams tells Steve Paulson about his animistic beliefs and recounts a remarkable story about a shaman who could turn himself into a raven.

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