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Marcelo Gleiser Wins Templeton Prize for Quest to Confront ‘Mystery of Who We Are’

“There is all this stuff that science has discovered, but there are so many questions we still have no clue about. Because nature is so much smarter than we are, we’re always playing this game of catch-up,” he says. “So I look at science as this kind of flirt with the unknown, and what motivates this spirit of discovery is awe and the joy of being part of this process.” It was this heady mixture of awe and joy that attracted the Templeton Prize judges to Gleiser’s work. In explaining why he won the award, the foundation cited his attempts to thread the disparate disciplines of science and the humanities, and the rigor of experimental research with an embrace of spirituality.

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