There’s a lot to say about this episode, but I’ll keep it simple. While I don’t agree with all of her views, I don’t have to. Margaret’s words help me appreciate the wonder of the universe we live in, piqued my curiosity to learn more about physics, and opened my eyes to false assumptions and blind spots in my thinking about God.
Margaret no longer considers herself Catholic, but finds her views summed up in this verse from Dante's Divine Comedy:
"But already my desire and my will
were being turned like a wheel, all at one speed,
by the Love which moves the sun and the other stars."
What are your thoughts on what she has to say? Leave a comment and start a conversation.
Below is the unedited interview. The shortened radio format version of On Being can be found here. Or subscribe to the podcast.
Margaret Wertheim is probably best known for her knitting. That is, as a scientist, you’re likely unfamiliar with her work. But her TEDtalk about hand-knit coral reefs has gone viral. Her conversation with Krista Tippett on the On Being podcast is called, The Grandeur and Limits of Science. You should download and listen to it. Their conversation strays far and wide, from religion, to philosophy, to global warming, to neuroscience and being an identical twin.
If you're up for something more, here is Margaret Wertheim's TEDtalk.
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-The Medici Effect
If the medicine is good, the disease will be cured. It is not necessary to know who prepared it, or where it came from
When you water the root of the tree, that water naturally extends to every branch and every leaf and every flower on that tree. So when we actually find the origin of true pleasure, in feeling the infinite sweet love that God has for us, and in realizing our potential to love God, that love naturally extends to all living beings.