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Unpacking Wonder: From Curiosity to Comprehension

Moderated by Steve Paulson
Executive Producer, To the Best of Our Knowledge

Michelle "Lani" Shiota, PhD
Arizona State University

Caspar Henderson, PhD

Alex Filippenko
University of California, Berkeley

From the macrocosm of the universe to the microcosm of the human body, our discoveries about ourselves and the natural world continue to spark our experience of awe and wonder. But how exactly does science define and explain the experience of awe and wonder? What has the historical and cultural impact of this emotion been in the development of science and reason? What can be learned from those who have explored the shifting frontier between nature and the supernatural? And does the experience of awe and wonder suggest that the quest for scientific truth and the metaphysical yearning for a deeper understanding of reality share a common root?

Social psychologist Michelle "Lani" Shiota, writer Caspar Henderson, and astrophysicist Alex Filippenko unpack the emerging science behind the emotion of awe and wonder, and its function in our ongoing quest for understanding and knowledge.

Date:
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Time:
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Reception to Follow
Location:
The New York Academy of Sciences
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor
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This event is part of the series The Power of Wonder: Modern Marvels in the Age of Science which brings together leading scientists and thinkers to explore the broader implications of wonder, from its role in inspiring scientific breakthroughs to the many ways in which it connects to aesthetic experience, religious attitudes, and ethical concerns.
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