Can Scientists and Religious Leaders See Eye to Eye?

  • Published on Dec 16, 2018
  • Scientists and religious leaders come together to find middle ground in exploring their worldviews.
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  • Jubilee
    Jubilee  3 months ago +2520

    Middle Ground is back!! Thanks everyone for watching this highly requested episode. As always, we are not saying science and religion necessarily have to exclude each other - there are religious scientists out there! Instead, we are exploring two sides that society often pits against each other in hopes of finding middle ground #radicalempathy. Let us know in the comments below what future episodes you'd like to see!

    • Kids Animals
      Kids Animals 19 days ago


    • Scarlett Murphy
      Scarlett Murphy Month ago

      I really want to do a version of this with teenagers rather than adults. I would love to do this.

    • mollkatless
      mollkatless Month ago

      Why was Don the paleontologist/geologist talking about order in the universe with his scientist hat on? He is as much a lay person in cosmology as any of the other panelists? It had a little of that creepy bill nye (who doesn't have a degree in any scientific discipline) don't question me, I'm a SCIENTIST feel

    • Showtime
      Showtime Month ago

      I love Team Science! Religious Leaders move a side.

    • zer05tar
      zer05tar Month ago

      Need some provocative questions. Nice content. thumbs up.

  • Anjelica Lowe
    Anjelica Lowe 6 hours ago

    I love this series!!! Keep making more videos like this, they're amazing

  • Daemoncles RatHeir
    Daemoncles RatHeir 7 hours ago

    The Secret Sects and Books of Religious and Occultist Orders:
    I declare, that it is written in the books of
    religion, and especially of those secret sects of it, that to establish a
    religion there need be written various writings of spirit world, of things
    unknowable, unforeseeable, and untold, of strange compounds, and of the species
    of the animal kingdom, the celestial heavens and stars, questions of the soul,
    of other worlds and beings, mathematics, musical spheres, or of the eternal
    nature of humans, as these are most mysterious to a man and not seeable and
    ungraspable, especially to the unhealthy or those ridden with addiction.
    These writings are generously helped with a backing of important or historical
    figures. The writings must be of a formal sounding nature and bear the
    dates of history and references to other similar materials. The
    mysterious, thus, is unprovable and eternal and cannot be disquieted and those
    with even a small grasp of their orders cannot bear the separation of their
    understandings, and that only the healthy and sane, or those of an inner circle,
    may guess at their lack of substantiation and mysticism. The world has
    received a dangerous and articulate chain-letter, which is both grounded, and
    substantiated in history, and even those who have writ their own or who have
    glimpsed their writings and manuals cannot stop its progression, and as an army
    of Gets, or Glimpses, or Fresdeins, or Neophytes, cannot stand as a whole or
    entirety, to untell its orders, and that even writings in the Vatican or of the
    God of Judaism, known or unknown, hold themselves to this basic and not benign
    key and that those who have written of it nature, or witnessed its passing and high
    grounds cannot deny its reticence and knowing. -RatHeir 3/2019, The USA.

  • liters love per-day
    liters love per-day 8 hours ago +1

    5:15 'science is not allowed to even consider the supernatural'.. is supernatural and metaphysical different? I studied psychology and sometimes we called things which cannot be seen yet as supernatural such as brain wave, energy, aura, etc. there's so many mysteries that need to be unfold by science, but I believe science and religion are like yin yang. need one another.

  • Tensu Asakura
    Tensu Asakura 8 hours ago

    What's sloppy about the world?

  • Ethen G.
    Ethen G. 8 hours ago

    The Rabbi isn’t mature enough for this video.

  • PentaErythritolTetraNitrate

    What does the Rabbi even believe in?

  • paxpacis2
    paxpacis2 11 hours ago

    Notice how there's no catholic priest there because they wouldn't fight with scientists

  • Rachel Rose
    Rachel Rose 13 hours ago

    Woah is that Jake hurwitz from jake and amir😂

  • Steven Brisee
    Steven Brisee 14 hours ago

    Jess Phoenix should have been elected....

  • Rahul N Singh tomar
    Rahul N Singh tomar 20 hours ago

    You shouldve bring hindu leader like sadhguru. It would've be more better

  • Kaotic xKarnage
    Kaotic xKarnage Day ago

    Im a little salty no one walked over to the "science can answer moral questions" one. Not enough people have read "The Moral Landscape".

  • Walt Muraca
    Walt Muraca Day ago

    "I'm not afraid of death, I'm afraid of dying." That distinction has never really occurred to me before, and I completely agree with that statement.

  • Andria Gaming
    Andria Gaming Day ago

    I thot I see hijabi woman in thumbnail

  • silentgypsy
    silentgypsy Day ago

    What I would love to see more than anything in the world would be a discussion between doctors and naturopaths or traditional healers.

  • Andrew Cole
    Andrew Cole Day ago

    The jew was clearly not an Orthodox Jew. She's what the Bible would call a Sadducee, who were lightly Jewish that traded religion for more political power. They're also referred to as Hellenistic Jews. Had a class devoted to that at college -- was very interesting.

  • minervaeiou
    minervaeiou Day ago

    "There are things my beliefs cannot explain" and all the scientists remained standing? Come on, that is just arrogance.

  • atheistfromaustria

    *One religion was deliberately forgotten by this leftist feelgood channel in order not to hurt any feelings... It is a religion that says their leader got to heaven on a flying horse 1400 years ago - To me this sounds like this stone age religion (that still practises stoning today) would hugely benefit from a discussion! But better choose a jew, a christian and a buddhist - at least they won't exercise fatwas and are not using bombs or knives...*

  • Ellie Gee
    Ellie Gee Day ago

    Im afraid of dying not death too.

  • Caleb Rivera
    Caleb Rivera Day ago

    Yeah dogs don’t go to heaven they don’t even go to hell they go nowhere they don’t have a soul or spirit they don’t know right from wrong

  • Caleb Rivera
    Caleb Rivera Day ago

    The world is how it is because of humans not God but God has a plan for this world read Revelations in the Bible you’ll see Gods plans

  • The Combat Wombat

    If we were created, I reckon Elon Musk has a good concept of how

  • JohnnyNismo
    JohnnyNismo Day ago +2

    Put a quantum physicist in the room with these people and they'll make them all question their beliefs.

  • HannaH _
    HannaH _ Day ago

    Oh gosh I'm an atheist in love with a pastor lol

  • Kyle Jarrett Miller

    i can just hear all the arguments in the comments

  • B Al
    B Al Day ago

    Okay the rabbi girl is probably the most contradicting one??? Also, for:
    "There are things that my beliefs cannot explain" I'm sorry but you are not a real scientists if you believe your theories explain everything. I'm a scientists myself but all these wanna be scientist are close minded and think they are superior, this is NOT what science is.

  • its_a_trab
    its_a_trab Day ago

    Yesterday’s magic is today’s science, boom religion busted

  • its_a_trab
    its_a_trab Day ago

    Superstition, superstition and placebo

  • inluvwithglitter

    WOOO chemistry!

  • Sara X
    Sara X Day ago

    Sure I believe in the Big Bang
    But who caused the bang

  • Lazsalzari Romnzevroskki

    MAN! That Pastor was SEXY!! My body feels sinful now, dangit!!!

  • Marky Mark
    Marky Mark 2 days ago

    God bless that buddist minister! An angel among us I swear.......what an amazing soul bless that man.

  • OliVeee Yasss
    OliVeee Yasss 2 days ago

    Where does Amy get her teeth straightened omg I need those teeth

  • Tamerlan K
    Tamerlan K 2 days ago

    Scientists vs Muslims, as an ex-muslim, there are a lot of things I would be curious to hear the conversation about. I think we should criticise Islam too in the Western society, because as I can see, there is a silence regardless islamic topics and that's unfair toward those two religious (christianity and judaism) you always speak in such a project. Thank you:)

  • Br777
    Br777 2 days ago

    This is definitely one of the best ones. Although the intro made it seem worse. I like how none of them shut down others beliefs or explanations, they simply explained their perspective and all respected each others.

  • hannah bananana
    hannah bananana 3 days ago

    how about pro gun vs gun control

  • The Slow Lane
    The Slow Lane 3 days ago +5

    The pastor and the buddhist dude are cool

  • Raúl Antunez
    Raúl Antunez 3 days ago

    Whats a rabbi

  • fernanda sophia
    fernanda sophia 3 days ago

    Red shirt lady needs to chill..

  • Rachael Robinson
    Rachael Robinson 3 days ago

    This really separates the two groups however scientists can have faith too

    MOHAMMAD ABABNEH 3 days ago


  • Yasam Farooq
    Yasam Farooq 3 days ago

    No Muslim there? People forgot or is it they dont want to remember?

    • Yasam Farooq
      Yasam Farooq 2 days ago

      Oh well, ill just be here praying to the 1 God of Abraham, Noah , Moses, Jesus, Muhammed , Soloman, David etc.. The demon kind, The angels, the universes , life in grave, Day of judgement, heaven and hell .
      Its okay if nobody wants us, May we some day come togother and serve the poor and the oppressed.

    • Yo
      Yo 3 days ago

      Nobody wants them, come on.

  • vante N
    vante N 3 days ago


  • Peter
    Peter 3 days ago

    A priest, a rabbi and an atheist walk into a bar.
    The priest said "Jesus!"
    The rabbi said "Dear Moses!"
    The atheist said "Ouch!"
    I'll see myself out.

  • Brylee Dean
    Brylee Dean 4 days ago +6

    Rabbi: [pointing at the monk] Yeahh, like some days I’m totally zen...
    Monk: girl did you really just point at me and say zen

  • VelcroPockets
    VelcroPockets 4 days ago

    2 religious people and 4 atheists

  • I’m becoming a lawyer to sue min yoongi

    the munk has such beautiful eyes

  • Adam K. Alexander
    Adam K. Alexander 4 days ago +1

    maybe you can include a muslim leader in this meeting so that the conversation would be more interesting!
    *flies away*

  • Beatriz Espinosa
    Beatriz Espinosa 4 days ago +1

    I love these videos but Im getting frustrated that there really is no middle ground and nobody convinces anybody of anything. I get we should come together and be able to discuss things in a rational manner but, at the same time there is no point when each side is stuck in their beliefs and there are no changes.

  • Albert Jackson
    Albert Jackson 5 days ago +3

    If a person believes the universe is only 6,000 years and evolution is not real, then, you are dealing with ignorance and maybe stupidity.

  • A M
    A M 5 days ago

    The woman in the red shirt was kinda rude

  • Noe Horowitz
    Noe Horowitz 5 days ago +3

    Just so people know, that woman is not a"rabbi" she represents a tiny minority

  • Issy Tai
    Issy Tai 5 days ago +3

    4:27 placebo. placebo is a powerful force.

  • Paull Ly
    Paull Ly 5 days ago

    we need someone that's a computer engineer that say if we can create universes we see in gaming, wouldn't that suggest our world could have possible be created too?

  • Diego Trujillo
    Diego Trujillo 5 days ago

    The rabbi is barely religious

  • Braddon Schulze
    Braddon Schulze 5 days ago

    God is the biggest false assumption ever made

  • Strax
    Strax 5 days ago +4

    So a Rabbi who doesn't believe the world was created, not in the after life....
    I don't get it.

  • Alexander 1011
    Alexander 1011 6 days ago +3

    What's the anti-thesis to a Volcanologist?
    A Scientologist xDDDD

    BRUGAR 6 days ago +1

    Yeah if religious nutjobs would stop believing in superstitions

  • Brisx
    Brisx 6 days ago

    A Sheikh would be dominating in these discussions

  • J M
    J M 6 days ago

    godel incompleteness

  • Raska The Slaanesh
    Raska The Slaanesh 6 days ago

    Is there something my scientific believes cant explain ? Yes, they are and many, but it cant explain it, yet. The big thing is the *yet*
    In my opinion, science CAN explain moral values. It can explain why murder is wrong and its simple .... Murder means society is losing a member that was performing in a society, so society as a whole is less effective thanks to it. It was a huge deal in prehistoric era. We came deeper along the years. They are human being and robbing them of the little time they have to enjoy is wrong, because of things that makes us human, like sympathy....

  • Aditya Bharti
    Aditya Bharti 6 days ago

    That Buddhist man was talking shits which he didn't even know

  • Mikey the Robloxian
    Mikey the Robloxian 6 days ago

    Don is a paleontologist. Does that remind you of someone? I know someone who called a paleontologist Ron.... But actually.. His name was Ross!

  • Heather Uman
    Heather Uman 6 days ago

    This conversation was actually very positive and they all seemed quite respectful. It was so nice and uplifting to see!

  • David
    David 6 days ago +2

    It's a shame that anyone can call himself a rabbi these days....
    Feminist bish

  • Esej Snake
    Esej Snake 6 days ago

    "Scientific beliefs" comment...

  • Be Informed
    Be Informed 6 days ago +1

    3:36 Yall so smart, explain dark matter

  • Shohra Mustafa
    Shohra Mustafa 6 days ago

    I love the way this conversation went , its professional and educational

  • Nyx.Raexx
    Nyx.Raexx 6 days ago

    I'mma Christian

  • Amanda Roberts
    Amanda Roberts 6 days ago

    I believe the word was created too but I also believe a day for God is infinite compared to what we perceive it as on earth.

    • TBat87
      TBat87 6 days ago

      +Amanda Roberts I'm not pissed, and I'm not trying to mess with you. Just giving you my thoughts and opinions on an open forum. Sorry if I offended you, that wasn't my intention.

    • Amanda Roberts
      Amanda Roberts 6 days ago

      I honestly don’t see any reason why you need to be messing with me today? Why some random Christian decided to put that she does believe. Do you want me to take my comment down because I’m not. Especially
      If it pisses you off. But I do enjoy your insight.

    • TBat87
      TBat87 6 days ago

      +Amanda Roberts If you could go back just 2 or 3 centuries into the past, you would find it nearly impossible to find any Christian that didn't believe in a literal bible, in its entirety. It's only in the last century that some Christians have begun to label some of the bible's stories as being metaphorical versus literal. Was this because they discovered something in the bible which identified which stories were to be taken literally, and which were to be taken metaphorically? No, it's because of the overwhelming scientific and historical knowledge we have gained over the past century which clearly shows many of the bible's claims to be false/fiction. But what would you expect from ignorant middle-eastern men from 2,000 years ago? Of course they didn't know what they were talking about.

      So Christians have begun cherry-picking which stories should be taken literally versus allegorically purely based on how it best suits their needs and arguments. But the truth is that the biblical stories about Moses, Adam/Eve, Noah's Ark, the Tower of Babel, etc are fictional in the same way the biblical stories about Jesus walking on water, rising from the dead, and being the son of Yahweh. The bible is a work of man-made fictional mythology, just like every other religion and god ever created by mankind.

      "We have a load of evidence that the universe is old and we can’t tell just how old yet but have some idea."

      Actually we have a very good idea of how old the universe is. In 2012, WMAP estimated the age of the universe to be 13.772 billion years and in 2013, Planck measured the age of the universe at 13.820 billion years.

      "Seriously not all Christians are out to convert you dude but I have every right to believe what I want"

      Where exactly did I claim that all Christians are out to convert me, or that you don't have every right to believe what you want?

    • Amanda Roberts
      Amanda Roberts 6 days ago

      TBat87 I actually don’t doubt that it is. The Bible is full of metaphors and stories that in those times were needed for others and is still to some extent people need to hear these things today for comfort as well as an original self help book. I’m not a creationist. We have a load of evidence that the universe is old and we can’t tell just how old yet but have some idea. Seriously not all Christians are out to convert you dude but I have every right to believe what I want

    • TBat87
      TBat87 6 days ago

      +Amanda Roberts The bible claims that the earth existed before the sun and stars, that all birds existed before all land animals, that there was a first man created out of dirt and a first woman created out of a rib bone, that there was a global flood survived by a 600 year old man and 2 of every animal, and that all the world languages originated at the Tower of Babel. Are any of these stories historically true and scientifically accurate? No, and that doesn't even begin to cover the amount of historical and scientific falsehoods presented in the bible.

      There is zero evidence to support the bible is anything more than a man-made work of fictional mythology, written by ignorant middle-eastern men a millennia ago.

    UMER ARTS 7 days ago

    Can you do Indians vs Pakistanis

  • Vanessa Alvarado
    Vanessa Alvarado 7 days ago

    Watching this I’m a little disappointed in these scientists, I feel like they should have stepped forward much more than they did but I think they were to scared to be looked down by other scientists

  • Sage Park
    Sage Park 7 days ago

    Science is also a religion. It always will be as long as there are unproven stuff in this universe.

    • Maksie0
      Maksie0 6 days ago +1

      False. Science is a method, a tool. The most reliable one we currently have for gaining information about the universe.

  • Open DebaterTM
    Open DebaterTM 7 days ago +5

    If you have to defer to the supernatural to answer your questions, have you answered your questions at all? 🤔

  • Vikas Gera
    Vikas Gera 7 days ago

    Wow! An actual civil conversation, if you can call it that. The format was interesting but distracting.

  • No Name
    No Name 7 days ago +19

    Buddhism is more of a philosophy than a religion, no?

    • Trafalgar D. Lawl
      Trafalgar D. Lawl 5 hours ago

      +Dan Wruck just like hinduism

    • Dan Wruck
      Dan Wruck 6 days ago +1

      Well, I think that it's a philosophy that has been turned by some into a religion

  • supersam 11
    supersam 11 7 days ago +13

    9:20 ugh i cringed when she said totally zen and pointed to the monk

  • AJ02
    AJ02 7 days ago +1

    The shoulder thing was just a placebo or a coincidence

  • Sadichchha Sharma
    Sadichchha Sharma 7 days ago

    the Monk tho💗🔥

  • Dump Man
    Dump Man 7 days ago

    soo peacefull when there is none believer of the religion of pieces...

  • Kuba Bendlin
    Kuba Bendlin 7 days ago +2

    As an atheist i do belive in high power. Its called freakin aliens

  • Karin B
    Karin B 7 days ago

    Why isnt there a muslim ? 🙄

  • Sentinel-64
    Sentinel-64 7 days ago

    Why do some religious people think they have a monopoly on morals?

  • Jonny Bravo
    Jonny Bravo 7 days ago

    11:11 anyone..

  • Jonny Bravo
    Jonny Bravo 7 days ago

    Hmmm, for such clever people that have answers for everything.....why can’t they explain ghost/spirits...can anyone explain ghosts or spirits and there meaning and how they eventuate?
    For the people that haven’t experienced ghost/ spirits, I get where your coming from....I was like that until I experienced a encounter with a ghost/spirit.
    So it’s kind of hard not to believe in god or something supernatural once you’ve experienced something that no one can logically only explains the start & finish of death but religion explains before and after death...

    • TBat87
      TBat87 5 days ago

      +Jonny Bravo I don't know, nobody knows, that's the point

    • Jonny Bravo
      Jonny Bravo 6 days ago

      TBat87 - so what is a ghost or spirit? Where are they from or how to they become etc....

    • TBat87
      TBat87 6 days ago

      +Jonny Bravo Even if ghosts/spirits do exist, how does that constitute evidence that a deity exists? Those are two separate and distinct claims. It could be possible for ghosts/spirits to exist and for a god to not exist.

    • Maksie0
      Maksie0 6 days ago +1

      If people really did leave some sort of observable spirit behind after death, wouldn't it be a known fact by now? Why are these ghostly experiences seemingly limited to blurry video footage and personal testimony? Surely if ghosts have existed for all these centuries, we would have some demonstrable examples by now.

    THADZ 7 days ago

    Remember science is not yet at it's best maybe we will see the creator through science 😀😔

  • MTL Goon
    MTL Goon 8 days ago

    Reconstructionist Judaism is the concentration of the bad of the religion with the good left out. Its a lawless, racially motivated, zionist ideology that is cancerous.

  • MTL Goon
    MTL Goon 8 days ago

    rabbi that doesn't believe in creationism is not a rabbi im sorry

  • Aditya Wardhana
    Aditya Wardhana 8 days ago

    No moeslim? No fun! Aloha snackbar!

  • jo
    jo 8 days ago

    it's funny how there's always a little hesitation between everyone just to see who else is going.

  • Kyla G
    Kyla G 8 days ago

    I think they picked an excellent representative of the Christian faith. The pastor was so kind and respectful and likable, but knowledgeable about his faith. He seemed so understanding of everyone’s beliefs, and he is a terrific example of how Christians should act when faced with adversity to their faith.

  • intan larasati
    intan larasati 8 days ago

    Tolong terjemahkan dalam bahasa indonesia. Ini topik yg sngat menarik

  • Ex. Gamer
    Ex. Gamer 8 days ago

    I dont like this, cause there is no religious leader from the muslim side

  • Infinity Gauntlet
    Infinity Gauntlet 8 days ago +1

    A Rabbi A Buddhist A Christian and 3 scientists walk into a bar

  • Rafeal Jaral
    Rafeal Jaral 8 days ago

    I personally think religion is subjective. I say doubt everything and yet challenge everything. I'm a Muslim, yet I do what I can to understand my faith and also prove that he exist. Maybe I won't be able to but one day based on science, maybe we can. Humans are curious, it's in our nature to know if God exist. Since when did being a scientist involve the idea that what we don't understand we reject?

  • Jean R.
    Jean R. 8 days ago

    Life is a complex thing, and i think that god created life, what's my evidence? For me, god, designer, creator sounds more believeable than that something just happened. What proof there is of god, can't satisfy everyone, because there's always somebody that comes up with another theory.
    When i work, sometimes i think "if i threw these cables at the light switch, they wouldn't install themselves, I need to put them on their place" (i am an electrician). Same way i think that someone (god) had to put the universe together, because for me evolution and big bang (might be that god used some kind of cosmic expanding to create the universe) seem too arbitrary to be real. I'm repeating myself again am i? But for me God is real. Feel free to comment why i'm wrong, but don't expect that some random dude in the internet will make me change my beliefs.

    • Jean R.
      Jean R. 7 days ago

      +Corey Holt not really, lightning isn't a living thing it's just a natural phenomenon, so it can come from non-living things (clouds). Life comes from life and only life.
      You're probably going to ask next "well where does god come from then" to that my answer is, that he has always been, will always be, and that is a concept that human brain can't understand.

    • Corey Holt
      Corey Holt 8 days ago +1

      Just like the ancient greeks. They saw lightning, and figured there must be a man in the sky throwing lightning bolts. So you have the same mindset they had 4000 years ago. Congrats...?

  • Sude Toros
    Sude Toros 8 days ago +5

    This is the most respectful and loving and overall the BEST middle ground ever.

  • Purvi Jain
    Purvi Jain 8 days ago

    Wheres a Physicist?

  • The Chosen One
    The Chosen One 8 days ago

    Do one with people born rich and self made billionaires.