Are there Many Worlds? Does Time Exist? Are We Alone? Hosted by Director of Sciences Janna Levin, the Scientific Controversies series celebrates the passionate spirit of scientific curiosity with the help of guests ranging from biologist Richard Dawkins to Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek—as well as Sci Con’s house DJ, DJ Black Helmet.
FridaySep 8, 2017
Will machines ever exceed us in consciousness and willfulness? Would we be able to comprehend their minds and thoughts and motives if they do? Will they be malevolent?
FridayMay 26, 2017
Is consciousness reducible to elementary biology? Or is consciousness itself somehow fundamental or even universal to every material thing?
ThursdayMar 9, 2017
We are now able to eliminate diseases in a stroke, create the ideal baby or even design a stronger smarter species. But at what cost to the future of humanity?
TuesdayNov 15, 2016
Should we truly look for a new fundamental constituent of nature, or could dark matter actually be microscopic black holes?
ThursdayOct 6, 2016
For billions of years, life on this planet waffled in oceans in the simplest single-celled incarnation. Today, all complex life forms, no matter how disparate t...
FridayDec 11, 2015
Scientists pursue blue-sky ideas uncontained. When Einstein proposed his most famous equation E=mc^2, he did not foresee its application to nuclear power. When ...
SaturdayNov 21, 2015
To explore is an irrepressible human urge. If there is a peak on Earth, someone will try to climb it. If there is an ocean to cross, someone will sail it. If th...
WednesdayJul 22, 2015
In contemporary art, Beauty has faded, a prosaic artifice, a distraction from deeper raw truths, maybe even ugly truths. As the exceptional physicist Frank Wilc...
ThursdayJun 18, 2015
We know enough about the world to manipulate electricity, operate phones, send people to the moon. Modern science presumes the world can be understood, that tec...
WednesdayApr 29, 2015
Citizens worldwide have tried to pronounce “Higgs Boson,” the name of the particle that glues the pieces in the puzzle of our material reality. The Higgs wa...
TuesdayNov 18, 2014
Time is intangible but stubbornly persistent. We move forward, inevitably and relentlessly. We can’t grab a moment in time. We can’t point to it once it’s...
TuesdayOct 28, 2014
Our universe may not be alone. We may live in a multiverse in which every possibility happens and with each new possibility the universe branches off into anoth...