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The Multi-Hazards Podcast

all about protecting communities . . . 

Feb 4, 2021

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How can humans think of the world? Where is our future? What are the roles of science and religion? How can we tackle the COVID-19 pandemic? Climate change? A transition from fossil fuels to less polluting energy?

Find out here on this exciting episode with prolific science communicator Dr. Marcelo Gleiser, theoretical physicist at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA!

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You'll learn:
[02:30] - Marcelo tells us how he, his family & college are doing during the pandemic these days.
[05:10] - We discuss Marcelo's YouTube channel and writings in English and Portuguese.
[07:30] - Vin mentions his former religiosity and how refreshing it is to reconnect with nature and science.
[09:00] - Marcelo brings up spirituality that can emerge from both religions and science. We talk about how we relate to nature with respect rather than domination.
[15:10] - Marcelo shares What's the "island of knowledge"?.
[17:10] - Marcelo explains the Theory of Everything and how he began dismissing it.
[21:50] - Both discuss the notion of "having dominion over nature" and how destructive this has been.
[25:30] - Marcelo shows how we are part of the natural world and are actually stardust too!
[28:15] - Marcelo shares his insights into the COVID-19 pandemic, initially from March 2020 and with his current updates.
[31:50] - Marcelo explains how tribalism is bad for our survival, both in the pandemic and with climate change.
[34:00] - Marcelo discusses how the United States can become a leader in climate change again.
[35:30] - Marcelo and Vin discuss "extractivism" and why it's a problem.
[38:20] - Marcelo shares his optimism that the pandemic won't bankrupt us and we will be able to recover.
[40:20] - Marcelo explains his opinions about prayer and action.