free will

free will

Fundamental forces of physics somehow determine everything that happens, “from the birth of a child to the birth of a galaxy.” Yet physicist Leonard Mlodinow has intriguing perspective on the gap between theory and reality — and the fascinating interplay between a life in science and life in the world. As the child of two Holocaust survivors, he asks questions about our capacity to create our lives, while reflecting on extreme human cruelty — and courage.

This week we'll be releasing a new podcast with physicist Brian Greene titled "Reimagining the Cosmos." At the invitation of Columbia University's Center for the Study of Science and Religion, Krista interviewed Dr. Greene at a live, public event in New York City. The room was packed with a mix of young scientists, theologians, and academics. Dr. Greene, who is best known for his hosting of two specials for the PBS series Nova, both based on his best-selling books for general readers: The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos.

Your Sky is the CeilingTethered between stone and sky. (photo: Enrico Marongiu/Flickr, cc by-nc-sa 2.0)

The nature of "free will" is central for those who study ethics, the law, and religion. And science is getting in on the discussion.