THE SCIENCE OF SPIRIT
To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
Tenzin Palmo isn't your ordinary Englishwoman. For
twelve years she boiled snow for drinking water, lived without heat
and electricity, and spent 12 hours a day propped up in a wooden
box. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, a Buddhist
nun recalls her years of meditation in a lonely Himalayan cave.
Also, a scientist considers the connection between brain and religion.
And a physicist turned priest makes the case for a truce between
science and God.
Science writer John Horgan talks with Jim
Fleming about scientists who are using the tools and techniques
of science to try to discover evidence of God. His book is "Rational
Mysticism: Dispatches from the Border between Science and Spirituality."
Also, Tenzin Palmo is a Tibetan Buddhist who was born in
England as Diane Perry. She became a Buddhist nun and spent twelve
years meditating alone in a tiny, remote cave in the Himalayas.
She tells Steve Paulson about her experiences and why she's working
to improve the status of Buddhist nuns in India.Learn more at
Science researcher and author Clifford Pickover
tells Steve Paulson that God may exist on the fringes of human
perception. Pickover is the author of several books about science
as well as the Neo-Reality series of novels. Titles include "The
Lobotomy Club," "Egg Drop Soup," and "Sushi
Never Sleeps." Also, John Polkinghorne is a former
physicist at Cambridge University who now devotes himself to reconciling
science and religion. He talks with Anne Strainchamps. Polkinghorne's
books include "The Faith of a Physicist" and "Belief
in God in an Age of Science."
Jazz singer Kurt Elling is a three time Grammy
Nominee. He talks with Jim Fleming about reaching for the Divine
through his music. Elling's albums include "The Messenger"
and "Flirting with Twilight."
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 01-01-19-A.
- John Horgan, Rational Mysticism: Dispatches
from the Border Between Science and Spirituality (Houghton
- Tenzin Palmo, Reflections on a Mountain
Lake: Teachings on Practical Buddhism (Snow Lion)
- Clifford Pickover, Sushi Never Sleeps (Lighthouse
- John Polkinghorne, The God of Hope and the
End of the World (Yale)
- -When I'm Up/ Great Big Sea/
Rant and Roar/ Sire Records
- -Tibetan Dramnyen, 6 stringed lute/ V. 4 Tibetan
and Bhutanese Instrumental and Folk Music/ Lyrichord Discs Inc.
- -The Galaxy-Lighten Up/ Jim Post/ Keepers: Morning
Show Favorites/ Minnesota Public Radio
- -Building a Mystery/ Sarah McLachlan/ Surfacing/
- -Strangeness of the Day/ Kate Campbell/ Monuments/
Large River Music
- -Kurt Elling: Samples from "Live in
Chicago," and "This Time It's Love" (My Foolish
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