One of the most renowned astrophysicists of the 20th century, Martin Rees, shares his thoughts on black holes, quasars, Astrobiology and the search for extraterrestrial life, human space exploration and what the remaining, unsolved mysteries of the Universe are.
He is one of Sweden’s strongest voices when it comes to humanism, secularism and rational thinking. Christer Sturmark is the founder of the publishing house Fri Tanke, which operates in the spirit of the Enlightenment. He has for many years debated pseudoscientists and advocates of religious influence in politics. His new book is called To Light the Flame of Reason.
Eörs Szathmáry is an Hungarian theoretical evolutionary biologist who had his breakthrough with the book The Major Transitions of Evolution (1995), which he co-authored with the late John Maynard Smith. Szathmáry shares his thoughts on evolution, the origin of life, how to define life and living systems, the uniqueness of humans and the future of life on Earth and beyond.
Dr. Sara Seager is an astronomer at the MIT and one of the world’s leading experts when it comes to the search of exoplanets and analysis of their atmospheres. In this interview she talks about space, phosphine on Venus, rouge planets, exoplanet research and what would constitute sufficient evidence for extraterrestrial life.
Christer Fuglesang has a background in particle physics and in 2006 he became the first Swede in space. In this interview we talk about space research, why it is justified to spend money on it and the increasing involvement of private companies in space. We also dive into what it takes to be an astronaut, how to handle risks and fear, why some see light flashes in space, how much an astronaut earns and also how to get children interested in natural sciences.
Rebecca Goldstein has a Ph.D. in philosophy of science from Princeton University and is the author of ten books. In this article she analyzes the relationship between science and philosophy, gives evidence of the progress of philosophy and discusses religion, morality and intellectual maturity.
On May 20th, the publishing house Fri Tanke arranged a symposium with world famous evolutionary biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins and a long list of other scientists and intellectuals. There were fascinating exchanges of knowledge and arguments on exciting topics such as evolution, AI, language and human enhancement. Here is a summary!