"We are the creatures that are able to think about who we are and (so) we are the intellect of the universe as we know it."
Marcelo Gleiser is a theoretical physicist, an agnostic, and one of the most eloquent people you'll ever hear on the inherent spirituality of life. Contrary to the Copernican view of the cosmos which can lead to a sense of insignificance, Gleiser argues that the Earth and human life are extraordinary, and it follows that we have a moral responsibility to protect both.
Gleiser is the winner of this year's Templeton Prize, which honours exceptional work affirming the spiritual dimension of life. Past recipients include the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Rabbi David Sacks.