Big Picture Science – The Big Picture

by Gary Niederhoff on July 12, 2011

How did life begin? What’s the universe made of, and what’s the nature of consciousness?

These are truly some of the biggest puzzlers in science, but answers are in the offing.

We consider the modern-day hunt for life beyond Earth, as well as a new theory of consciousness: could it be merely an illusion to entertain us and make our lives more worthwhile?

Also, after thousands of years of examining the heavens, are we finally learning the true nature of the cosmos?

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Marc Kaufman on Astrobiology.
Part 2: Carolyn Porco on Enceladus.
Part 3: Marc Russell on the origin of life on Earth.
Part 4: Nicholas Humphrey on the nature of consciousness.
Part 5: Saul Perlmutter on our understanding of our universe.

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