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“We do not come from dust, nor do we return to dust” writes tonight’s guest, internationally recognized scientist BERND HEINRICH in his latest book LIFE EVERLASTING: THE ANIMAL WAY OF DEATH. In the natural world every death helps nourish and feed other life. Tonight on Inquiry, Bernd Heinrich talks about the weird lifestyles of burying beetles, what happens when whales die and who scavenged the huge carcasses of dinosaurs. Don’t miss this conversation with one of the great writers about life on earth.
An ear-splitting encounter in the New York City subway system sets writer and reporter GEORGE MICHELSEN FOY on a grail-like quest for total and absolute silence. Along the way he learned that absolute silence is a very subjective and elusive thing. His relentless search took him to sensory deprivation tanks, to conversations with astronauts and deaf scientists, and ultimately to the Orfield Labs anechoic chamber, declared the quietest place on earth by Guiness Records. Along the way, Foy learns about the many societal and metaphysical meanings of silence and how we live in a destructively noisy world.
Tune in for a very lively conversation about looking for the ultimate quiet and what that can mean in our lives. Foy’s book is titled: ZERO DECIBELS: THE QUEST FOR ABSOLUTE SILENCE.