What do we gain when we gaze at the stars? How has cosmology shaped our politics? Why take the celestial seriously? And why is awe a feeling that we can’t afford to lose? Acclaimed science writer Jo Marchant takes Niki Seth-Smith on a dazzling and surprise-filled journey through the history of science, mythology and our view of the night sky. For fans of Brian Cox, Carlo Rovelli, Robert Macfarlane and Gaia Vince.Hosts: Niki Seth-Smith and Samira ShackleProducer: Alice BlochMusic: DanosongsSound Engineer: David CracklesTo support what we do and access more fresh thinking, why not subscribe to New Humanist magazine? Head to newhumanist.org.uk/subscribe and enter the code WITHREASON to get a whole year's subscription for just £13.50Further reading: ‘The Human Cosmos: A Secret History of the Stars’ (2020) Jo Marchant‘Cure: A Journey Into the Science of Mind Over Body’ (2016) Jo Marchant‘The Order of Time’ (2017) Carlo Rovelli ‘They Didn’t Come From Outer Space’ (2013) James Gray, New Humanist Magazine
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Jo Marchant, "The Human Cosmos: A Secret History of the Stars"
For most of human history, we have led not just an earthly existence but a cosmic one. Celestial cycles drove every aspect of our daily lives. Our innate relationship with the stars shaped who we are—our religious beliefs, power structures, scientific advances, and even our biology. But over the last few centuries we have separated ourselves from the universe that surrounds us. And that disconnect comes at a cost.In The Human Cosmos, Jo Marchant takes us on a tour through the history of humanity's relationship with the heavens. We travel to the Hall of the Bulls in Lascaux and witness the winter solstice at a 5,000-year-old tomb at Newgrange. We visit Medieval monks grappling with the nature of time and Tahitian sailors navigating by the stars. We discover how light reveals the chemical composition of the sun, and we are with Einstein as he works out that space and time are one and the same. And we find out why stargazing can be really, really good for us.It is time for us to rediscover the full potential of the universe we inhabit, its wonder, its effect on our health, and its potential for inspiration and revelation.
This week on What The If? We have a very special guest, Jo Marchant. Jo has written multiple books like Decoding the Heavens and the Shadow King. She has a new book out called "The Human Cosmos: A Secret History of the Stars"! Check it out at https://www.jomarchant.comJo comes to our show with the question: What the IF we couldn't see the stars!? Would the cosmos even exist? Would Galileo have even championed heliocentrism?! Who knows!? So buckle up for a wild ride where we try and see the stars through light pollution and cloudy skies!!—Got an IF of your own? Want to have us consider your idea for a show topic? Send YOUR IF to us! Email us at email@example.com and let us know what's in your imagination. No idea is too small, or too big!---Special thanks to Kyle Crichton for his help with the show.---Want to support the show? Click a rating or add a review on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast app! itunes.apple.com/podcast/id1250517051?mt=2&ls=1Don’t miss an episode! Subscribe at WhatTheIF.comKeep On IFFin',Philip & Matt
Jo Marchant, PhD, is an award-winning journalist, speaker and author of the New York Times bestseller Cure: a journey into the science of mind over body. Her writing explores the nature of humanity and our universe, from the science of the mind-body connection and the mysteries of past civilisations to the awesome power of the night sky. Her new book, The Human Cosmos, tells the story of humanity’s relationship with the night sky and the universe beyond. Jo trained as a scientist: she has a PhD in genetics and medical microbiology from St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College in London, and an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London. Connect with Jo Marchant: https://www.youtube.com/JoMarchant88 http://twitter.com/jomarchant https://jomarchant.com/about The Human Cosmos: Civilization and the Stars Connect with Nick Holderbaum: https://www.primalosophy.com/ https://www.primalosophy.com/unfuckedfirefighter Nick Holderbaum’s Weekly Newsletter: Sunday Goods (T): @primalosophy (IG): @primalosophy YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBn7jiHxx2jzXydzDqrJT2A
Robin chats with journalist and author Jo Marchant, author of the new book The Human Cosmos. They talk about our changing relationship with the night sky as light pollution and such things change what we see when we look up. And they wander through cave paintings, lunar cycles and how science can give us a different perspective of being human. To hear an extended version of this interview, subscribe to our Patreon at patreon.com/bookshambles
Robin chats with journalist and author Jo Marchant, author of the new book The Human Cosmos. They talk about our changing relationship with the night sky as light pollution and such things change what we see when we look up. And they wander through cave paintings, lunar cycles and how science can give us a different perspective of being human. To hear an extended version of this interview, subscribe to our Patreon at patreon.com/cosmicshambles
Dr Jo Marchant is an award-winning science journalist. She has a PhD in genetics and medical microbiology from St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, London, and an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College. She has worked as an editor at New Scientist and Nature, and her articles have appeared in the Guardian, Wired, Observer, New York Times and Washington Post. She is the author of Decoding the Heavens, shortlisted for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books, and Cure, shortlisted for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books and longlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize. Her latest book is The Human Cosmos: A Secret History of The Stars. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
A Secret History of Stars, with Jo Marchant and Helen Czerski
Jo Marchant and Helen Czerski take us on a journey through humanity’s relationship with the heavens. The stars have shaped who we are - our religious beliefs, power structures, scientific advances and even our biology. But over the last few centuries we have separated ourselves from the universe that surrounds us. And that disconnect comes at a cost. To find out more about Jo Marchant’s book, The Human Cosmos, click here: http://bit.ly/humancosmos--------------------------Intelligence Squared+. The world's best speakers. Your questions. £4.99 per month.Intelligence Squared+ will bring you live, interactive events every week on our new online platform. Just like at our real-life events, you’ll be able to put your questions to our speakers, vote in live polls and interact with other members of the audience. Your subscription will give you access to multiple events featuring the world’s top thinkers and opinion formers, including Thomas Piketty, Margaret Atwood, Clive Woodward, Thomas Friedman, Meera Syal and Paloma Faith.For a full list of Intelligence Squared+ events and to subscribe, click here: https://bit.ly/2yfYIfm Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/intelligencesquared.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jo MarchantScience JournalistScience journalist Jo Marchant set out in her book Cure: a journey into the science of mind over body, to find out more about the evidence for how our minds can influence our bodies. She tells us about some of the fascinating experiments that researchers are conducting into phenomena such as the placebo effect. How can we sometimes use the power of our minds to trick our bodies into feeling better, and what does this tell us about how the mind works?