“We have become a deadly virus to nature” and we are heading rapidly towards another “mass extinction event”. What does this mean for the future of our species and future biodiversity? Do humans have a future on Mars? Another planet? Or is our next step in evolution to become a machine? Tonight on Inquiry our guest asks these very questions and the answers are unsettling. Tonight we talk with Michael Tennesen, science writer and writer-in- residence at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. His new book is entertaining, thought provoking and frightening: The Next Species: The Future Of Evolution in The Aftermath of Man.
Most accounts of religious conversions are written by the true believers of that religion. But what would a secular history of conversion reveal? Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back writer and researcher Susan Jacoby who has written the scholarly and revealing Strange Gods: A Secular History Of Conversion, which addresses the real political and social contexts for some of the most famous conversion stories.