Dr. Rosalind Picard is founder and director of MIT’s Affective Computing Research Group. She is also a professing Christian who was raised in a secular home.
Dr. Shahram Koshbin is a Harvard neurology professor from Iran whose mother was Jewish and whose father was of the Bahai faith. He wonders whether religiosity is the same thing as faith.
Picard and Koshbin addressed the question posed in the headline above during a 2016 Veritas Forum at Harvard Medical School. If you expect a starchy, boring academic discussion, trust me, that’s not what you will hear.
Did you know, for example, that six hours after a person dies, their brain dissolves into mush? It was only around 1,500 AD that a medieval physician discovered that submerging the brain in wine preserved it and thus allowed for the first time dissection.
In fact, I found this forum alternately absolutely fascinating and seriously hilarious. It’s not just about the brain, it’s also about the universe and our place in it. Definitely worth watching and thinking about.
Give yourself at least an hour. Normally, I only posts videos that are no more than five to 10 minutes in length, and usually toward the shorter end of the range. This one is nearly 90 minutes. I promise it’s well-worth every second you spend with this one: