TRBQ, the latest series from the award-winning producers of The DNA Files, considers some of the great questions of humanity. What is the nature of consciousness? How do we face death? How do emotions shape our worldview? What is the significance of religious experience? These questions have inspired great works of art, literature, and philosophy and are recurrent themes in human history.
They have also inspired scientific inquiry. Provocative new work in the sciences such as evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and psychology – gives us a chance to have a broader discussion about human nature and human understanding, but science does not have all the answers; sometimes it just shows us how much we still don’t know.
Hosted by NPR’s Lynn Neary, in four one-hour programs, The Really Big Questions considers the intersection of empirical science and the humanities and what that conversation can or cannot tell us about who we are and what we value.
The first program airs Wednesday, February 12th at 7 p.m on KTOO-NEWS.
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- New research suggests Pacific halibut may adapt favorably to increased ocean temperatures. Greenland halibut may not be so lucky.
- “So what we’re seeing here is a giant step — a beautiful step — backward in time, where we’re remembering that there is no us versus them. There’s only us, and we are the people, and the people are the police."