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Physicist Lawrence Krauss provided contrasting views about the role of religion in a scientific world Friday in the Hall of Philosophy. Photo by Eric Shea.

Krauss discusses the beauty of science, the universe

“The ideas of science make it so important for humans — it’s part of what makes being human worth being human, the ideas of science,” Lawrence Krauss said.

Friday, Krauss sat down with radio show host and producer Krista Tippett, as the final interview in her weeklong series based around the Week Three theme, “Krista Tippett and Friends who Inspire, Commit, Act.”

“The ideas change our perspective of our place in the cosmos, and to me, that’s what great art, music and literature is all about,” Krauss said. “When you see a play, or see a painting or hear a wonderful piece of music in some sense, it changes your perspective of yourself, and that’s what science does in a profoundly important way and in a way with content that matters.”

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Ralph Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences, joined retired “PBS NewsHour” anchor Jim Lehrer for an onstage discussion Thursday morning in the Amphitheater. Photo by Eric Shea.

Cicerone stresses importance of science to sustain world’s population

Rather than worrying about whether the country would exist after the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln and the United States Congress made the effort to provide for the country’s future.

During the war, Lincoln and Congress signed the Morrill Act, which created all the country’s public universities and the National Academy of Sciences, said Ralph Cicerone, current president of the academy.

“Even in tough times, you’ve got to be thinking ahead,” Cicerone said. “Show some ambition and get on with it.”

Cicerone and retired “PBS NewsHour” anchor Jim Lehrer had a conversation about the lack of goals and ambition and about science’s role in society during Thursday’s morning lecture as part of Week Two’s theme, “The Lehrer Report: What Voters Need to Know.”

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