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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

Memories, The Here and Now, and Our Future - Time, Religion, and Physics

10/6/2021
Time is really weird. You may be inclined to say only the present is real, while the future and past have a sort of “unreality” to them. Or perhaps you think only the past and present are real, while the future is unwritten. Philosophers have tried to understand how time, religion, and physics relate throughout […] The post Ep 100: Memories, The Here and Now, and Our Future – Time, Religion, and Physics – with Dr. Timothy Maness appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration:00:48:46

Ep 99: New York Underwater: Art and Climate Change - with guest Carolyn Hall

9/7/2021
What would it be like if New York City was partially underwater? What would it feel like, what would it taste like? How would the economy continue to tick, how would commuters reach their jobs? To answer this, our guest today uses art to tell the narrative of climate change. We aren’t all numbers people. […] The post Ep 99: New York Underwater: Art and Climate Change – with guest Carolyn Hall appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration:00:43:10

Ep 98: The Problems and Promise of AI in Healthcare – with guest Dr. Muhammad Ahmad

8/3/2021
AI in healthcare can do amazing things. It can help doctors diagnose their patients. It can streamline patient care, and can help people to receive the best care possible. But what happens when AI in healthcare goes awry? Today, our guest is Dr. Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad. Muhammad discusses the promise of healthcare, but also reminds […] The post Ep 98: The Problems and Promise of AI in Healthcare – with guest Dr. Muhammad Ahmad appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration:00:40:05

Ep 97: Floods in India - A View of Climate Change from Under the River - with guest Dr. Luisa Cortesi

7/13/2021
There are places where people can choose to ignore climate change. Then, there are places that it could never be considered a myth. Here, the effects of climate change can never be ignored – with floods, heat waves, extreme storms, or literal rising waters. Such a place is India – particularly, North Bihar. The floods […] The post Ep 97: Floods in India – A View of Climate Change from Under the River – with guest Dr. Luisa Cortesi appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration:00:33:35

Ep 96: AI, Ethics, and the Vatican - with guest Dr. Brian Patrick Green

6/1/2021
Artificial Intelligence is not just the stuff of science fiction. It’s found all around us – from deciding what movie shows up next on your Netflix screen to determining if you are approved for a loan for your new house. And with AI integrated with more and more of our everyday lives, it also has […] The post Ep 96: AI, Ethics, and the Vatican – with guest Dr. Brian Patrick Green appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration:00:42:01

Ep 95: Grief in the Time of COVID- with guest Dr. Kristel Clayville

5/4/2021
Grief in the time of COVID is a very real thing. COVID has changed the way we interact with each other and the world. But perhaps most poignantly, it has introduced new types of grief in our lives. The grief of the dying, not allowed to touch or even see family members one last time. […] The post Ep 95: Grief in the Time of COVID- with guest Dr. Kristel Clayville appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration:02:14:28

Ep 94: Quantum Entanglement, Consciousness, and the Nature of Reality: with guest Dr. Eric Cavalcanti

4/6/2021
Today, we’re talking about two deep subjects – quantum entanglement and consciousness. If physics has taught us anything, it is that the world in which we live in is really weird. Just look at quantum physics. Schrödinger said – put in a cat in a box, and he could be alive and dead at the […] The post Ep 94: Quantum Entanglement, Consciousness, and the Nature of Reality- with guest Dr. Eric Cavalcanti appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration:00:48:24

Ep 93: Gratefulness, Hope, and COVID - with guest John Van Sloten

3/2/2021
We are a COVID-weary people. It’s been about a year since lockdown really began. Happy quarantine-versary? But in all seriousness, we often have been talking about COVID, but we rarely talk about gratefulness and COVID in the same sentence. Yet, while teaching us how to properly wash our hands and all sorts of ways to […] The post Ep 93: Gratefulness, Hope, and COVID – with guest John Van Sloten appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration:00:26:56

Ep 92: Merging Man and Machine: Transhumanism and Religion - with guest Seth Villegas

2/2/2021
If you lost a limb, would you use technology to help you regain some of your ability? What if you were deaf? Chances are, if technology could help you, you probably would jump at the opportunity. But how about taking it one step farther. What if technology could make you smarter than you already are? […] The post Ep 92: Merging Man and Machine: Transhumanism and Religion – with guest Seth Villegas appeared first on SparkDialog.

Duration:00:38:06

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