SUN TALK podcast How would you assess the spiritual pulse of the world today? What does it mean to be spiritual? Do we need to be spiritual to make life-affirming and moral decisions? Listen to our discussion today with host MaryLynn Schiavi and guest Gerry St. Onge.
Join us on our Sun Talk discussion page. Share your favorite inspirational passages, poems, essays, and more on our Inspire page.
Do we need to acknowledge the existence of God in order to know right from wrong?
Do we need to believe in a higher power in order to know the difference between right and wrong? The movie God's Not Dead asserts that without a Supreme Being, we would not have a reason to be ethical, moral and know the difference between good and evil -- do you agree?
Also, what do you think of the recent article in Salon Magazine titled: Our Godless Brains? Read the article.
What do you most often think about when you awaken in the morning? Where do your thoughts naturally go? Are you excited to begin your day? Or do you feel a sense of dread, exhaustion? What are you thinking about this morning? What concerns you most about your world / our world today? Join us on SUN Talk to share your thoughts.
Exploring Science & Spirit
Matter & Beyond is a television program developed in 2007 by Ebru.tv based in Somerset, NJ. The producer, Mustafa Tabanli is a physicist who said that many of the great questions he sought to answer, he could not find in his scientific pursuits. He was fascinated by the intersection of science and spirituality. Tabanli and MaryLynn Schiavi, who served as writer, associate producer, host and narrator, worked on the development of more than 30 episodes which can be viewed now on the Ebru.tv site. The program dedicated to exploring artificial intelligence earned a Regional Emmy Award in the category of health and science in 2009. The questions explored in these programs are fascinating and important to ponder. We invite you to take some time to watch the programs (about 25 minutes in length) and then join us on our Sun Talk page to share your thoughts. The following are just a few of the topics explored:
Are science and religion completely at odds as many believe? This is a common assumption in modern culture, but upon further investigation we find that certain fundamental scientific beliefs actually evolved out of religious thought. Upon deeper analysis, the two disciplines may not be as separate and distinct as is commonly thought. In this edition of Matter and Beyond we’ll hear the perspectives of thought leaders who, along with a growing number of scholars, are inviting us to re-think some of our basic assumptions about science and religion.
Cosmology If you find the concept of Dark Matter to be intriguing, watch the Cosmology Episode of Matter and Beyond, where we explore how the new cosmology and how new astronomical discoveries are changing the way we view the universe and our selves. Dr. Joel Primack, Nancy Abrams and Dr. Priya Natarajan shares their insights.
Transformation of Consciousness What shapes our consciousness and what transforms our consciousness? We’ve all heard about people who appear to have completely changed their perspective or worldview – sometimes over a short period of time, and sometimes seemingly overnight. In this program we’ll hear about the inspiration behind this kind of radical change in perception and behavior?
Exploring Love (Part A) It appears that in our modern world with advanced and ubiquitous technology available to us, ironically, our ability to connect and to love one another and find love seems to be more illusive than ever. Are we born with an innate ability to give and receive love? Are we experiencing a crisis with regard to love at this time in history? And if so, how do we address this crisis? And is true altruism and unconditional love possible for human beings? This program explores love through the lens of science, medicine, religion and philosophy.
Exploring Love (Part B) It is believed to conquer all. It forms the cornerstone of all major religions. It has inspired countless poems, novels, songs, and films. As the 1929 song written by Cole Porter asks, “What is this thing called love?” What is earthly love? What is divine or spiritual love? And is it possible that the two can intersect? And how does love impact our physical and mental health? This program explores the physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions of love.
Exploring Quantum theory and free will For centuries, philosophers and spiritual thinkers have struggled with the concept of free will. Do we, in fact, choose our thoughts, actions and journey through this life? Or are we merely an aggregation of particles that react and respond based purely on biological and psychological factors. Join us as we explore the fine relationship between free will and Quantum Mechanics.
Astronomy As Above, So Below: Man’s Quest to Seek Answers in the Heavens. Since the beginning of human history, we have looked up toward the sky with wonder and curiosity seeking not only answers to questions about the universe but also clues about how we fit into the grand picture. In this program, leading thinkers explore the science of astronomy and our relentless fascination with the heavens and what we have learned along the way about the planets, the stars, and ourselves.
Artificial Intelligence When does a mere machine become a morally responsible entity? What are the problems that could arise from intelligent machines with super human capabilities? For decades science fiction writers have been intrigued with the idea of creating intelligent machines with physical and mental capabilities far superior to those of human beings. Some leading thinkers predict that human-like robots with intelligence that will be indistinguishable from human beings will be a reality by 2030 to 2040. But how will this impact opportunities and the quality of life for human beings? How will it impact our culture?