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Science and technology are everywhere in our lives. This podcast takes a look not only at the science itself, but its role in society, how it affects our lives, and how it influences how we define ourselves as humans. Episodes also throw in a mix of history, ethics, philosophy, religion, and the future! Hosted by Elizabeth Fernandez, an astronomer and science communicator. Let’s spark some dialog!

Science and technology are everywhere in our lives. This podcast takes a look not only at the science itself, but its role in society, how it affects our lives, and how it influences how we define ourselves as humans. Episodes also throw in a mix of history, ethics, philosophy, religion, and the future! Hosted by Elizabeth Fernandez, an astronomer and science communicator. Let’s spark some dialog!

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Science and technology are everywhere in our lives. This podcast takes a look not only at the science itself, but its role in society, how it affects our lives, and how it influences how we define ourselves as humans. Episodes also throw in a mix of history, ethics, philosophy, religion, and the future! Hosted by Elizabeth Fernandez, an astronomer and science communicator. Let’s spark some dialog!

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@sparkdialog

Language:

English


Episodes

Ep 91: Seeing Patterns, Seeing God: The Neuroscience of Belief - with guest Dr. Adam Weinberger

10/20/2020
Why do some people believe, and others do not? Does it come down to experiences, the way you were raised, your DNA? In short, what is the neuroscience behind belief? While there is no one reason why some people believe, advances in neuroscience are beginning to shed light on the similarities of the brains of […] The post Ep 91: Seeing Patterns, Seeing God: The Neuroscience of Belief – with guest Dr. Adam Weinberger appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration:00:29:18

Ep 90: How Can We Find Life Within the Solar System?: with guest Dr. Niels Ligterink

10/6/2020
Last month, scientists published word that an incredible discovery was made on Venus. They found what is called a “biomarker” in the clouds of Venus. Now, a biomarker is not life, but a chemical that may indicate life is present. In Venus’ case, this chemical is phosphine. It’s hard to explain why phosphine would exist […] The post Ep 90: How Can We Find Life Within the Solar System?: with guest Dr. Niels Ligterink appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration:00:31:57

Ep 89: Can Online Privacy Exist Today? - with guest Rob Shavell

9/22/2020
We all understand that with technology today, a certain amount of our privacy has evaporated. Our phones track our location. Stores know what we are looking at – both when we are browsing in store or on-line. But do you realize how much of our privacy is compromised? Do you realize how much various organizations […] The post Ep 89: Can Online Privacy Exist Today? – with guest Rob Shavell appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration:00:36:19

Ep 88: Why We Need Nature – with guest Dr. Peter Kahn

9/8/2020
People feel better when they are in nature. There’s something about putting your hands in garden dirt, taking a walk in the forest, or camping that makes people feel more at peace, more balanced, less depressed, and happier. We need nature. Today on the podcast, we talk about what is actually going on in our […] The post Ep 88: Why We Need Nature – with guest Dr. Peter Kahn appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration:00:33:10

Ep 87: Environmental Racism and Climate Change - with guest Dr. Gregory Simpson

8/25/2020
From islands in the South Pacific that are drowning under rising waters to communities like Flint, Michigan, communities of color, both in the US and around the world, are hit harder from climate change. It’s something called environmental racism. Sadly, sometimes these communities do little to contribute to climate change. But surprisingly, some people within […] The post Ep 87: Environmental Racism and Climate Change – with guest Dr. Gregory Simpson appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration:00:35:13

Ep 86: The Science of Subjectivity: The World Your Brain Creates – with guest Dr. Jorge Morales

8/11/2020
The world you see is not really the world that exists. Your eyes and your brain are working together to “lie” to you all the time. But, they don’t do this with some evil vendetta in mind. In reality, they do it to make sense of the enormous amount of information flowing in from the […] The post Ep 86: The Science of Subjectivity: The World Your Brain Creates – with guest Dr. Jorge Morales appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration:00:46:24

Ep 85: How Paleolithic is the Paleo Diet? What did our Ancestors Eat Anyways? - with guest Dr. Briana Pobiner

6/30/2020
There’s a lot of opinions about the current Paleo diet. Some proponents say eat what our ancestors ate – meat, veggies, fruit, nuts. But what about things like lentils? Beans? Milk or wheat? Are those allowed in the Paleo diet? There are differing opinions. How do we really know what our ancestors ate? Stomachs don’t […] The post Ep 85: How Paleolithic is the Paleo Diet? What did our Ancestors Eat Anyways? – with guest Dr. Briana Pobiner appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration:00:36:17

Ep 84: The Coronavirus, Social Media, Online Dating and Black Lives Matter – with guest Dr. Shantel Buggs

6/16/2020
To say we live in changing times is an understatement. The world right now is a pressure cooker. Already, people around the world were losing their jobs, their lives, and their ability to even venture into public places with the coronavirus outbreak. But then add to that the tragic murder of George Floyd by the […] The post Ep 84: The Coronavirus, Social Media, Online Dating and Black Lives Matter – with guest Dr. Shantel Buggs appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration:00:33:03

Ep 83: The West: On the Cusp of a MegaDrought – with guest Dr. Kasey Bolles

6/2/2020
With the wildfires in California, extreme insect infestations in forests, and the duration between rainstorms lengthening, the western United States is in the midst of a drought. But this drought could be the part of something larger – a so-called “megadrought”, which the United States has not seen the likes of for four hundred years. […] The post Ep 83: The West: On the Cusp of a MegaDrought – with guest Dr. Kasey Bolles appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration:00:25:17

Ep 82 : The Origins of Language May Go Much Farther Back Than We Thought – with guests Dr. Chris Petkov and Dr. Ben Wilson

5/19/2020
When did language originate? It’s a tricky question to answer. We can’t go back in time. We can’t even look at “fossilized brains” to see how they worked. So how can we understand the origins of language? Scientists have a few ways to do this. One way is to scan the brains of living animals […] The post Ep 82 : The Origins of Language May Go Much Farther Back Than We Thought – with guests Dr. Chris Petkov and Dr. Ben Wilson appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration:00:48:08

Ep 81: Staying Connected During COVID-19 (with Technology!) – with guest Eric Elnes

5/5/2020
If the COVID-19 pandemic had hit even ten years ago, we would be in a very different situation than today. We wouldn’t be able to video conference over Zoom. We wouldn’t have Facebook Portals to feel like we’re in the room with one another. Technology that sometimes seems to drive us apart (what’s so social […] The post Ep 81: Staying Connected During COVID-19 (with Technology!) – with guest Eric Elnes appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration:00:29:29

Ep 80: Smart Replies Aren’t So Smart – with guest Jess Hohenstein

4/21/2020
You’ve probably seen them. You’ve probably used them. Popular in Gmail and other messages platform like Slack or LinkedIn, they provide you with handy, if bland, suggested replies. Just a quick click sends a response, and you are on your way to sailing through your email inbox. But are smart replies really all that they […] The post Ep 80: Smart Replies Aren’t So Smart – with guest Jess Hohenstein appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration:00:17:25

Ep 79: Evolution in the South – with guest Dr. Amanda Glaze-Crampes

4/7/2020
When it comes to the teaching of science, one of the most controversial topics is evolution, and one of the most controversial areas where it is taught is the deep south of the United States. Teaching evolution in the south has been challenging. Teachers skip it, and those that do teach it at best have […] The post Ep 79: Evolution in the South – with guest Dr. Amanda Glaze-Crampes appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration:00:45:15

Ep 78: This Is Not A Normal Podcast Episode

3/24/2020
Listeners, I can say with about 100% certainty that you are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (unless you were on the German TV show Big Brother). I bet your world has been turned upside down. I just want to say – you’re not alone. Today I bring you just a short message. I hope […] The post Ep 78: This Is Not A Normal Podcast Episode appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration:00:04:08

Ep 77: Yes, It’s Possible To Feed The World – with guest Prof. Dieter Gerten

3/10/2020
More than one million people live in poverty in this world, and many of those are malnourished. Meanwhile, the population of the world keeps increasing. Simply cutting down forests to make more farmland is not the solution to feed the world = as deforestation leads to increasing climate change and more and more species going […] The post Ep 77: Yes, It’s Possible To Feed The World – with guest Prof. Dieter Gerten appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration:00:29:20

Ep 76: How We Found Out Meteors Are Actually Little Rocks From Space Burning Up In The Atmosphere

2/25/2020
It sounds crazy when you say it out loud. Meteors are rocks from SPACE burning up in the atmosphere. How did people ever figure THAT out? Today, I’m talking about the history of meteor showers and discussing the fascinating journey of how people finally figured out what meteors were. From those initial moments of terror […] The post Ep 76: How We Found Out Meteors Are Actually Little Rocks From Space Burning Up In The Atmosphere appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration:00:24:36

Ep 75: From Self-Driving Cars to Autonomous Weapons Systems – Can We Trust AI? – with guest Dr. David Danks

2/11/2020
Are you looking forward to self-driving cars? Perhaps you love taking the curves of the road yourself, but more likely, you would relish a commute where you could read or catch up on the latest episode of “Mandalorian“. But do you trust your self-driving car to get you to your destination safely? What happens if […] The post Ep 75: From Self-Driving Cars to Autonomous Weapons Systems – Can We Trust AI? – with guest Dr. David Danks appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration:00:41:47

Ep 74: Is the Biodiversity of Earth Doomed? with guests Dr. Pamela McElwee, Dr. Kai Chan, and Dr. Alex Pfaff

12/3/2019
The statistics are staggering. One million species are close to extinction. No ecosystem is left untouched. Corals in the sea, forests on a windy bluff, jungles, deserts. The biodiversity of the Earth is declining at worrying rates. What is causing this decline? Is it due to climate change, pollution, over-exploitation of resources, or something else? […] The post Ep 74: Is the Biodiversity of Earth Doomed? with guests Dr. Pamela McElwee, Dr. Kai Chan, and Dr. Alex Pfaff appeared first on...

Duration:00:40:48

Ep 73: Mind Uploading: The Key to Eternal Life? with guest Dr. Michael Hauskeller

11/19/2019
The newest seekers of immortality are on a radical quest: mind uploading. These people think that it may be possible to take all of the information locked within the folds of creases of their brains and upload it to the internet. Decoupled from their mortal bodies, they would be free forever. Free from suffering, free […] The post Ep 73: Mind Uploading: The Key to Eternal Life? with guest Dr. Michael Hauskeller appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration:00:33:04

Ep 72: Reversing Climate Change: Turning CO2 Into Rock – with guests Dr. Kári Helgason and Dr. Bergur Sigfússon

11/5/2019
In 2015, the world came together and drafted the Paris Agreement. We agreed to try to limit our emissions so that the overall global warming would not exceed two degrees. An even more ambitious goal: warming would not exceed 1.5 degrees. This doesn’t sound like much, but going over such a small increase on a […] The post Ep 72: Reversing Climate Change: Turning CO2 Into Rock – with guests Dr. Kári Helgason and Dr. Bergur Sigfússon appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration:00:27:15