61 episodes

When someone says anything about “religion and science,” people tend to think of polar opposites, warfare, and sworn enemies. However, we see people finding ways to navigate their scientific and religious commitments every day. This leaves us with a question: How do religion and science interact? Down the Wormhole is a show created to examine the strange and fascinating relationship between science and religion. This relationship is sometimes generative and sometimes destructive, but it always requires a closer look to understand the committed people on either side of the aisle, and often in-between. Down the Wormhole’s hosts seek to have open and honest conversations that pinpoint questions many of us share: What does it mean for someone to be a religious person? How does that identity inform their relationship to science? Why are scientific topics like evolution, geologic time, climate change, etc., controversial for some people? What does machine ethics have to do with religion? Our hosts care deeply about open and honest conversations that will guide curious people into a deeper sense of understanding the roles that both science and religion play in making our world.

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When someone says anything about “religion and science,” people tend to think of polar opposites, warfare, and sworn enemies. However, we see people finding ways to navigate their scientific and religious commitments every day. This leaves us with a question: How do religion and science interact? Down the Wormhole is a show created to examine the strange and fascinating relationship between science and religion. This relationship is sometimes generative and sometimes destructive, but it always requires a closer look to understand the committed people on either side of the aisle, and often in-between. Down the Wormhole’s hosts seek to have open and honest conversations that pinpoint questions many of us share: What does it mean for someone to be a religious person? How does that identity inform their relationship to science? Why are scientific topics like evolution, geologic time, climate change, etc., controversial for some people? What does machine ethics have to do with religion? Our hosts care deeply about open and honest conversations that will guide curious people into a deeper sense of understanding the roles that both science and religion play in making our world.

    Elevating the Discourse with Carolyn Hall (Marine Ecologist/Dancer)

    Elevating the Discourse with Carolyn Hall (Marine Ecologist/Dancer)

    In part 4 of our Sinai and Synapses interview series, we are talking with Carolyn Hall. She is a Brooklyn based historical marine ecologist, science communications instructor, and award winning contemporary dancer/performer. As a marine ecologist she has been an independent researcher for the Wildlife Conservation Society, Trout Unlimited, and the Environmental Defense Fund. She was part of an UMass Amherst academic team studying fish and the coastal ecosystem of the northeast U.S., is the research assistant and fact checker for the best selling author Paul Greenberg (Four Fish), and she will be working with the American Fisheries Society to communicate climate change policies. She worked as a certified instructor at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and is a core member and researcher in residence with the eco-artist collective Works on Water. Her continued career in dance has led her to work with artists across the country and internationally and she is increasingly invested in combining her artist and scientist halves to make data-rich science more understandable, embodied, and memorable for the general public. 
     
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    produced by Zack Jacksonmusic by Zack Jackson and Barton Willis 

    • 46 min
    Big Emotions Part 4 (Anger)

    Big Emotions Part 4 (Anger)

    In part 4 of our new miniseries on "big emotions", we're talking about anger! You may have noticed that there is a lot of that going around right now, but have we stopped to think about it or are we too quick to suppress it in the name of a cheap peace? Is there a place for uncontrollable anger? Can anger help us identify what is really happening within? What of the prophetic anger in scripture? Let's talk about it! 
     
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    produced by Zack Jacksonmusic by Zack Jackson and Barton Willis 
     

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Elevating the Discourse with John Van Sloten (Pastor/Author)

    Elevating the Discourse with John Van Sloten (Pastor/Author)

    In part 3 of our Sinai and Synapses interview series, we are talking with Rev John Van Sloten. He is a pastor and author currently based in Calgary. His life's work revolves around seeing God in all things and the cultivation of a kind of mystical wonder that, honestly, we could all use right now. 
    https://www.johnvansloten.com/
     
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    produced by Zack Jacksonmusic by Zack Jackson and Barton Willis 

    • 40 min
    Big Emotions Part 3 (Shame)

    Big Emotions Part 3 (Shame)

    Episode 57
    In part 3 of our new miniseries on "big emotions", we're talking about shame! What is the difference between shame and guilt? Why are we so afraid of our bodies? Can shame be helpful? Let's talk about it! 
     
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    produced by Zack Jacksonmusic by Zack Jackson and Barton Willis 

    • 58 min
    Elevating the Discourse with Mark Bloom (Science Professor)

    Elevating the Discourse with Mark Bloom (Science Professor)

    Episode 56
    In part 2 of our new Sinai and Synapses interview series, we are talking with a familiar guest. It's friend of the show, Dr Mark Bloom! He is a Professor of biology and science education at Dallas Baptist University where he focuses on teaching science to non-science majors. His research focuses on the perceived conflicts and creative collaboration between science and religion. He cares deeply about helping people to overcome ignorance so that we can learn to love our neighbors. 
     
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    produced by Zack Jacksonmusic by Zack Jackson and Barton Willis 

    • 44 min
    Big Emotions Part 2 (Disgust)

    Big Emotions Part 2 (Disgust)

    Episode 55
    (CW: homophobia and transphobia, discussion around disgust as a response to LGBTQ+ people)
    In part 2 of our new miniseries on "big emotions", we're talking about disgust! Why do we feel repelled by certain foods, smells, activities, people, or ideas? Is there a societal advantage to it, or is it an ancient biological reflex that we need to overcome? What role does religion play in regulating disgust and can it help us to overcome disgust reflexes that are counter to our moral beliefs? 
     
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    produced by Zack Jacksonmusic by Zack Jackson and Barton Willis 

    • 1 hr 8 min

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