David B. Yaden, PhD researches two topics in psychology that may be more (or less?) religious than they seem: professional callings and transcendent experiences.
Climate change. Genetic engineering. Truth and falsehood on social media. The psychology of how we flourish. For most Jews, we look to science for knowledge and wisdom on how to think and talk about these topics. But they also raise deep religious, ethical and philosophical questions, as well. Unfortunately, our political and cultural conversation pits "science" against "religion," rather than trying to explore and integrate these human questions from multiple perspectives. "Sacred Science," hosted by Sinai and Synapses Founding Director Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman, talks with professors and rabbis, academics and practitioners, and scientists and religious thinkers to help us move beyond a simplistic and false "either / or" dichotomy to go in depth on the biggest questions we face in this world -- personally, societally, and globally.
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Rabbi Mitelman spoke with Professor Larisa Heiphetz, who researches how both children and adults develop morality through their social worlds.
Rabbi Mitelman spoke with Sigal Samuel, who writes about religion and technology for Vox and is also the author of “Osnat and Her Dove: The True Story of the World’s First Female Rabbi.”
Rabbi Mitelman catches up with Tiffany Shlain to discuss how she has applied her idea of the Tech Shabbat amid the stresses of the pandemic.
Rabbi Mitelman and Christian Miller (author of “The Character Gap”) discuss differing religious views of charity, justice and morality.
Rabbi Mitelman and Rabbi Jonathan K. Crane, PhD, discuss the tough ethical decisions we currently face in public health and other areas, and how Judaism can help enlighten us about them.
Rabbi Mitelman and Dr. Samuel Arbesman talk about how to handle the wonders, and the risks, of technology.
Rabbi Mitelman and Dr. Ethan Siegel discuss the wonders of the universe, as well as how to share and talk about them with other people.
Dr. Michael Shermer and Rabbi Mitelman discuss the balance of skepticism and understanding we must bring to people whose viewpoints seem puzzling to us.
What do we need to take into account when assessing risk for our children?