As the host of the Starts with a Bang podcast, Ethan Siegel ponders faraway topics from outer space, but also the stakes they have for us here on Earth. Who are we really, and what is our place in the universe? In demonstrating how these questions matter, Dr. Siegel has also encountered some difficult interview subjects, and some irrational ways of thinking. How can we hear someone out, even if their ideas sound strange, without getting pulled in to an ideological black hole? Rabbi Mitelman and Dr. Siegel discuss the wonders of the universe, as well as how to share and talk about them with other people.
Ethan Siegel, Ph.D., is an astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. He has won numerous awards for science writing since 2008 for his blog, Starts With A Bang, including the award for best science blog by the Institute of Physics. He is the author of Treknology: The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive, and Beyond the Galaxy: How humanity looked beyond our Milky Way and discovered the entire Universe.
Next week, February 23rd, at 2 PM EST, we will be speaking with Samuel Arbesman, PhD, a complexity scientist whose work focuses on the nature of scientific and technological change. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Silicon Flatirons Center at the University of Colorado Boulder and Research Fellow at the Long Now Foundation.