David Borger Germann examines how the brain registers awe, and how we can bring this feeling to everyday experience, suffusing life with new interest and meaning.
As humans have gained increasing control over their environment, what are our new moral and religious responsibilities? How can we bring awareness of our changing role in the world to our environment? How does our creative nature mirror God’s?
Meaning is contextual. It allows us to change the story. And that, too, is a source of power.
Is there some unique essence that separates natural-born humans from creations that seem to reproduce the same electro-chemical workings as the human brain (“a soul”)?
Sometimes we need to be jolted out of our daily complacency to see the true wonder of the natural world.
One of the discoverers of the Higgs boson — who is also the president of a Reform synagogue — offers meditations on the creation story.
A Mormon biotechnician asks, “Does the physical body explain everything about who we are?”
With new discoveries in epigenetics — how our environment affects our DNA — how much control do we have over our own choices?
As genetic technology continues to advance, what happens when we try to create or eliminate certain characteristics for our children? What are the potential unintended consequences with fiddling with our DNA? Should humans be “playing God”? Lisa Ortuno, a Sinai and Synapses Fellow, explores those questions through a series of interviews, asking several experts, “Are we more than our genes?”