Astrophysicist Rejects Science-Religion Animosity, Says Science is Spiritual


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The Templeton Prize is sometimes described as the Nobel Prize for spirituality. It was established in 1972 by the late Sir John Templeton to honor “a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.” Past recipients include Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, but also a substantial list of physicists and cosmologists. This year’s winner falls into that latter category. Marcelo Gleiser is an astrophysicist at Dartmouth College. He contends that science and religion are not only compatible, but that science is spiritual. For him, the two realms have always been intertwined. “I’m Jewish by upbringing. And for my bar mitzvah, which is a celebration when you turn 13, I got this gift which was an autographed photograph of Einstein,” Gleiser explains. A distant relative of Gleiser's had hosted Einstein when he visited Rio in 1925, and the photograph remained in the family for decades. “I got it because I was already thinking about it and I had a

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