I think we all provide conduits not only for the ideas but also for the conflicts of our era. One pervasive (and very traditional) conflict in this era is the "us-versus-them" standoff between people who espouse one coherent story of existence and people who resist having such a story imposed. Both positions become reflexive. Thanks to Ms. Tippett for (as always) her consistent focus and care as an interviewer, and to Dr. Krauss for both acknowledging and reining in the passion that underlies inquiry and wonder. The conversation in this installment is enlightening both for its content and its honest struggle to step outside the traditional "science-versus-religion" frame of reference. I think that struggle will always be with us, but so will the common ground that lies beyond it: a humble respect for mystery.
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