A remarkable discovery has emerged in astrophysics: key properties of the universe have just the right values to make life possible. Most scientists prefer to explain away this uniqueness, insisting that a number of unseen universes must therefore exist, each randomly different. Astrophysicist Bernard Haisch joins George Knapp to propose the alternative—that the special properties of our universe reflect an underlying intelligence. In the second half, veteran journalist Chris Taylor will discuss how the Star Wars franchise has conquered our culture with a sense of lightness and exuberance, while remaining serious enough to influence politics, and spread a spirituality that appeals to religious groups and atheists alike.
A few months ago, I awoke on a Saturday morning to what sounded like a cat meowing in my living room. Almost as soon as I heard this sound, I heard little footsteps running down the hallway towards our bedroom. With my eyes closed tightly out of fear, I heard something come into the bedroom, run around the bed that my wife and I were sleeping in, and then pause to look at the back of my head before it left the room and ran back down the hallway. I was so convinced that this had happened, that when I got out of bed, I grabbed the machete from our room and walked through the house with it. I didn't find anything, so I put the machete back, and I went into the dining room to collect my thoughts. I got out my paints, and I began painting this picture entitled 'Morning Vision.'
Here's the crazy part. When my wife got up, I told her what had happened and as she was looking at the painting I had done, she told me that she had just woken up from a dream in which she was flanked on either side by two beings. In the dream she said that she could only walk around in a small rectangular area (like a bed for instance), while she was being flanked by these creatures. She was understandably taken aback, as was I, when she saw the painting that I had done while she was asleep. I don't know if I painted her dream, or if she dreamed the experience of what had happened to me; either way, it's pretty weird!