Marcelo Gleiser appears in the following:
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Is the brain a sort of quantum computer? What is consciousness? Marcelo Gleiser's brain is buzzing with big questions after participating in a conference that asked if quantum physics plays a role in how we think.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Why, exactly, would aliens who can travel the interstellar void want to physically probe the sex organs of humans, wonders physicist and commentator Marcelo Gleiser as he looks back on the story of Antônio Villas Boas.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
The hunt for dark matter started in the 1930s and shows no signs of ending any time soon. But physicist Marcelo Gleiser says our inability to pin down this key component to reality only makes it more alluring.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
We are a society obsessed with death and dying. It's time we moved the other way and put more of our energy into celebrating life and living. We have a lot to learn from our children here, who are constantly performing grand experiments about the world. Until, that is, we stop them.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
We know a lot. But we don't know everything. In fact, science still has quite a few "big" questions left to answer. Physicist Marcelo Gleiser pokes at 10 of them, questions highlighted in a new book naming the most difficult scientific problems of our time.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Astronomers have found younger and older twins to our sun, giving us a peek at our mother-star's past and future. Physicist Marcelo Gleiser says it's hard not to wonder what kind of life an older solar system might harbor and how similar, or different, it would be from us.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Boiling the Universe down to its essence is an age-old dream. But does the notion that we can sum up everything in a single, hopefully elegant, theory make sense? Physicist Marcelo Gleiser doesn't think so, saying that the very idea of a final theory clashes with the essential premise of science.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
It's time to reconsider the grand quest for "unification" in modern physics, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser. Our unrelenting search for symmetry and perfection in the natural world leaves us blind to data that seems to depict an imperfect and asymmetric Universe.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
A technological revolution that is still playing out today began with new ideas about how atoms and subatomic particles work. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser tells the story of Danish physicist Niels Bohr and the work that changed how we live today.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
We don't know how the brain creates consciousness, the subjective you. So, can machines do it, too? Commentator Marcelo Gleiser confronts "the hard problem of consciousness" and finds a world in which what we can know may have its limits.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Genetically modified crops are here to stay. How should we react? Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says it's time for scientists to take a larger role in the debate, bringing what we know out into the light and asking the important questions that are yet to be answered.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Found in Scotland and dating from 10,000 years, the oldest calendar shows that hunter-gatherers already knew how to mark time by looking a the skies. The discovery forces us to rethink what we know of ancient cultures and time-keeping.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Reductionism, science's "divide and conquer" approach, has done a lot; but Nature's complexity calls for a complementary approach based on a variety of new laws. Else, says Marcelo Gleiser, we have a slim hope of describing how life or the brain work.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
The laws of man order society, making sure we don't descend into chaos; the laws of nature reveal ordered patterns. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser considers the similarities and differences between the two, and whether the laws of Nature could change, as the laws of man do.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The diversity of life on Earth, and its ever-growing complexity, leads many people to think that there must be a purpose to its existence. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser argues that, quite the contrary, the only purpose of life is to preserve itself. There is no hidden hand behind it all.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Science is often accused of extinguishing our enchantment with the world, of being too cold and rational. Quite the opposite is true, says Marcelo Gleiser. Modern science has restored a sense of wonder to the world with its revelations of objects unseen and realities unknown.
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Last week NASA scientists put the space telescope Kepler in a kind of technological coma. The craft, designed to search for Earth-like planets orbiting stars in our cosmic neighborhood (within a few thousand light-years, that is), failed and seems to be unfixable. But it has left us with an undeniable legacy.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Can we act backwards in time? We can if we're talking about the world of quantum particles! It seems that the human mind plays a role in this time puzzle, too. Our role may even have something to do with why the universe exists.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Confronted with the amazing advances made by science, why do so many still cling to God as a creator? Could the answer be that we need to be created in order to be special? Or are we afraid of our own unique place in the Universe? Marcelo Gleiser knows what he thinks.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Improvements in science education can take many forms. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says that one of the easiest and most rewarding is to simply put real research scientists in front of students. A few volunteer hours from a scientist can change how a student sees the world forever.