Ben Ratner’s photo of Bill Nye and Chuck Nice in studio.
Ben Ratner’s photo of Bill Nye and Chuck Nice in studio.

Cosmic Queries: Altered States, with Bill Nye

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If you think this episode will be filled with fan-submitted questions about expanding one’s perspectives through the use of marijuana and LSD, you’d be right. But co-host Chuck Nice also throws a few other Cosmic Queries at All-Stars host Bill Nye, and it’s quite the eclectic mix of subjects. For instance, “Can physics explain why time seems to speed up as we get older?” Or, whether new technology and the access to information it brings should be made available to everyone, or just those who can afford it? Or if toys and games designed to get young girls interested in STEM fields can change the quality of life for everyone? You’ll hear about the impact of zero gravity on our bodies and our minds – and on spiders, the challenge of cataloging all possible terrestrial organic molecules, the importance of clean water on Earth, and how the effort to fight climate change could be the one issue that unites humanity in a common effort. Explore the potentials for human contamination and pollution of Mars, and how finding life on the Red Planet could change everyone’s perspectives about life here on Earth. Of course, the subject keeps returning to the perspective expanding attributes of drugs. Bill and Chuck review the impact of legalization, and Chuck shares his experiences with pot. You’ll hear what Bill has done – and not done – to expand his own perspectives, and find out the one thing Bill has seen unexpectedly – and repeatedly – expand other people’s cosmic perspectives: seeing Saturn with their own eyes through the lens of a telescope. (This episode previously appeared on StarTalk All-Stars as Cosmic Queries – Expanding Our Perspectives, with Bill Nye.)

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