Tonight’s episode is the first part of a two-part special exploring alternative theories from outside the scientific mainstream and their evolving relationship with nature-centered spiritualities, as we seek a balance between modern science and a meaningful religious life. Approaching cosmology from the perspective of a spirituality grounded in nature and the Earth, we sometimes find ourselves considering what seem to be pretty strange theories, and they require us to think carefully and critically about both their scientific and spiritual implications.
In Episode 110 – Cosmology (Part I) – Embracing Gaia, we trace the history of the Gaia hypothesis from goddess-inspired conjecture into a testable hypothesis that eventually overcame mockery and ridicule to become the widely-accepted Earth system theory embraced by some of the most world-renown mainstream scientists of today.
In Episode 102 Pro – Elementals of Style, we explore the role of the elements in religious and philosophical traditions from all over the world. From the periodic table of modern science to the three Cauldrons of Poesy in Celtic tradition, the four classic elements of ancient Greece and the innovative 8-circuit model — understanding how we organize the world around us can give us a glimpse into the complexity and subtlety of our own inner worlds. How can we craft a personal approach to the elements that gives us a useful map for the spiritual life and helps us reconnect with the natural world around us? We talk about how others have answered that question and share some of our own insights as well.