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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge, 1-Month Subscription

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
    • Narrated by: Anne Strainchamps
    • Length: 52 mins
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    Satisfy your hunger for new ideas with this interview show that explores the cutting edge of contemporary thinking in politics, religion, economics, science, the arts, and popular culture. Host Anne Strainchamps talks to some of the greatest thinkers, figures, and artists of our time. It's a radio salon where a playwright and a scientist, a theologian and a rock critic might all offer their views on, say, revenge. Inviting a diverse group of people with very different backgrounds to approach a subject creates a kind of depth and richness that's positively riveting.

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    • By Jim on 05-18-04

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Science and the Search for Meaning – Part One: What Is Life?

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    Scientists can now explain virtually every stage of the evolutionary process. But there's a basic question that still mystifies even the best scientists: How did life first begin on Earth? Or to put in another way, how did non-life somehow turn into life? And can we say the Earth itself is alive? In this hour, we'll talk with James Lovelock about his Gaia theory, and explore the question, What is Life?

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge, 12-Month Subscription

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
    • Narrated by: Anne Strainchamps
    • Length: 52 mins
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    Satisfy your hunger for new ideas with this interview show that explores the cutting edge of contemporary thinking in politics, religion, economics, science, the arts, and popular culture. Host Anne Strainchamps talks to some of the greatest thinkers, figures, and artists of our time. It's a radio salon where a playwright and a scientist, a theologian and a rock critic might all offer their views on, say, revenge. Inviting a diverse group of people with very different backgrounds to approach a subject creates a kind of depth and richness that's positively riveting.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge, Electrons to Enlightenment, Part Four

    • Debating Darwin
    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    In this hour, the theory of evolution that is the flashpoint in the war between science and religion. First, philosopher and author Daniel Dennett (Darwin's Dangerous Idea). Next, evolutionary biologist Randy Olson (Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus, a documentary), and more.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: A New Clash of Civilizations?

    • By: Anne Strainchamps
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    When we hear from politicians and activists that "the West is at risk, that a clash of civilizations threatens Western culture," what does that mean exactly? What exactly are we talking about when we talk about "the West"? A geographic region? Judeo-Christian heritage? Liberal democracy, free market capitalism? And who do we think is coming for it?

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Einstein, God, and the Universe

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    Albert Einstein died more than half a century ago, but there's still a raging debate over what he thought about religion. He once said "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." In this hour, what exactly did Einstein conclude about religion? We'll hear from leading scientists and religious scholars, including Richard Dawkins, Steven Weinberg and Elaine Pagels, as well as Einstein biographer Walter Isaacson.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge

    • Consciousness
    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this hour, we'll explore the mystery of consciousness. First, artificial intelligence pioneer Marvin Minsky. Next, physicist Roger Penrose. Then, philosopher Daniel Dennett and New Age guru Deepak Chopra. Neuro-psychiatrist Louann Brizendine ( The Female Brain) will join us, followed by former Buddhist monk Alan Wallace ( Contemplative Science). Finally, author Daniel Tammet ( Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant).

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge, The Malleable Mind

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    In this hour we'll hear the latest science on brain plasticity. First, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and researcher Norman Doidge (The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science). Next, author Daniel Pinchbeck (2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl), and more.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Albert Camus

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    • Length: 52 mins
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    Albert Camus was many things: war hero, Nobel Prize-winning novelist, and one of the 20th century’s most fascinating public thinkers. We examine the life and legacy of Camus on his 100th birthday: how a poor kid from Algeria became a revered French writer, hungry to find meaning in an absurd world, and why Camus still has a lot to tell us about a world mired in political violence.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Brainstorm

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    We explore the frontiers of brain science, from the neurobiology of emotions to recent discoveries about autism. Renowned neuroscientists Richard Davidson and V.S. Ramachandran reveal new insights into the brain, and we'll hear the story of one marriage saved by a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Marshall McLuhan at 100

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    “The medium is the message.” “We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us.” “We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future.” Those are just a few of Marshall McLuhan’s famous quotes. McLuhan is one of the most influential media thinkers of all time, yet he’s also one of the most misunderstood. In this hour, we’ll explore Marshall McLuhan’s big ideas as we salute the centenary of his birth.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Amazing Minds: Inside Autism

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    He's been described as "the most remarkable mind on the planet" and one of the world's"100 living geniuses." Daniel Tammet lives with high-functioning autistic savant syndrome. He's able to recite the mathematical constant Pi to over 22,500 decimal places from memory. But Tammet says that the differences between savant and nonsavant minds are exaggerated. In this hour, Daniel Tammet explains how his amazing mind works. Also, philosophy professor Ian Hacking on "Humans, Aliens and Autism."

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: On Running

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    Everything you know about running is wrong. At least, that's the view right now according to some of the latest science in fitness and exercise. Think running is bad for your knees, that prescriptive running shoes tailored to your feet help avoid injury? That stretching is good for you before you run? New research is challenging some of our most trusted advice about running and exercise. In this hour, re-thinking running. Also, the barefoot revolution.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Psychedelics

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    In this hour, Timothy Leary nearly killed the psychedelic revolution. He did more than anyone to popularize LSD and urged us all to "turn on, tune in, drop out." But Leary's indiscriminate use of mind-altering drugs created a backlash, and made them taboo for serious scholars.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Edges of Science

    • By: Jim Fleming
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    • Length: 51 mins
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    How do we know what's real? Can science tell us, or is there an unseen reality we'll never understand? We explore the borderlands of knowledge and reflect on some remarkable episodes in the history of science: Nobel laureates who investigated ghosts and a pioneer of quantum physics who found messages in his dreams.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Lost in the Supermarket - Consumerism

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    If there's one strand of evolutionary theory that sticks in the craw of nearly every religious believer, it's the idea that human beings are just an evolutionary accident. But what if we aren't? What if the evolution of humans, or some brainy creature like us, was inevitable once life first appeared on Earth? In this hour, we'll talk with maverick paleontologist Simon Conway Morris and explore the question "What does evolution want?"

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: The Language of Science Fiction

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    China Mieville’s new novel, Embassytown, features sentient beings famous for their unique language and a woman who’s a living simile. Ursula K. LeGuin says that Embassytown is “a fully-achieved work of art.” We’ll meet China Mieville, as we explore the language of science fiction. Also, the far-out, cosmic poetry of Sun Ra.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge

    • Mind and Body
    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    In this hour, Washington Post science writer Shankar Vedantam is the author of The Hidden Brain. He tells Jim Fleming how a great deal of our thinking is shaped by our unconscious minds, such as routine tasks we do automatically.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge

    • Hive Mind
    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    Many animals, from fish to bees and ants, cannot survive alone. They need to live in groups, and these groups have a kind of collective intelligence. You might say the internet has developed its own "hive mind." In this hour, we'll tell you how the modern science of complexity is unlocking the secrets of the hive mind. We'll also hear from E.O. Wilson about the marvelous world of ants.

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    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Thinking about Thinking

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
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    Daniel Kahneman is a Nobel laureate psychologist. So he’s the perfect person to give us a new way of thinking about thinking, which is exactly what he does in his new book, Thinking, Fast and Slow. In this hour, Kahneman tells us about the two systems that drive the way we think.

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