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"What is truth? As humans, how can we know what is real? How can the philosophies of science, cosmology, and biology help us understand the mysteries of our existence? In this compelling audio series, Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn, creator and host of the hit PBS series Closer to Truth, probes the nature of truth and other heady philosophical questions in intimate conversations with thirteen of the wor…

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Is causation a fundamental principle that orders the universe, or a construct invented by human beings? What does it mean to exist? In this provocative audio series, Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn, creator and host of the hit PBS series Closer to Truth, probes causality, existence, and other heady philosophical topics in intimate conversations with thirteen of the world’s greatest thinkers. Among Kuhn’s…

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"Why has science–religion dialogue gotten so heated? For some, science and religion occupy separate, irreconcilable spheres. For others, they share a common goal: to explore big questions and synthesize knowledge. Now, you have the privilege of hearing from seventeen leading voices in the debate, most of whom are professional scientists. While some consider religion irrelevant to science, many fin…

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To what extent can we know anything about the universe’s great mysteries—how it was created, whether it is finite, and what our role is within it, to name a few? The truth eludes us in such matters, but if anyone could find it, it would be the great thinkers featured in this compelling series. Can a computer become conscious? Are religion and science mutually exclusive? What is ultimate reality? J…

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Can our physical brains fully explain the phenomenon of our minds? The same question that Descartes pondered in the 17th century continues to fascinate philosophers, theologians, and scientists in the 21st. Now, in this engaging three-part series, your host, Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn, conducts wide-ranging interviews with 13 leading experts about the relationship between brain and mind. Each episod…

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For some, science and religion occupy separate, irreconcilable spheres. For others, they share a common goal: to explore big questions, discover meaning, and synthesize knowledge. In this captivating audio course, Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn, creator and host of the hit PBS series Closer to Truth, interrogates the relationship between religion and science with thirteen experts across fields. While so…

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"In this provocative series, you’ll hear from luminaries such as Jaron Lanier, the computer scientist who popularized the term “virtual reality”; David Chalmers, whose 1996 book The Conscious Mind is widely considered an essential work on consciousness and the mind-body problem; the Venerable Dr. Yifa, a religious-studies scholar and Buddhist nun; and Galen Strawson, the British analytic philosoph…

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Whether you're a believer or nonbeliever, you've undoubtedly struggled to understand the existence of evil in our world. Now, in light of huge strides in psychology and neuroscience, this compelling series invites you to reconsider the problem of evil with today's leading minds. In simplest terms, the problem of evil questions whether an almighty, all-knowing, and benevolent God can coexist with t…

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Does God exist? How do you justify your belief or unbelief to others? Always delicate, these questions are ones you rarely have the occasion to fully explore in daily life. Now, this bold series invites you to join some of the world’s leading thinkers in the serious civil conversation you crave. Daring to ask the big questions, your host, Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn, holds eighteen riveting one-on-on…

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"Is there other intelligent life in the universe, or are we all alone? The prospect of alien intelligences has long captivated cosmologists, perplexed theologians, and provided rich fodder for science-fiction writers. While we may doubt that the large-eyed, green-skinned figures of sci-fi films will one day descend to Earth in UFOs, it is far harder to reject wholesale the possibility that intelli…

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Do you believe God exists? This bold series invites you to join some of the world’s leading thinkers in taking on this profound question. In thirteen riveting episodes, your host, Robert Lawrence Kuhn, tackles this topic in one-on-one interviews with leading figures across fields. Among many other provocative questions, Kuhn asks Does belief in God need to be justified? Does God make sense? and Wh…

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There is little more humbling than contemplating the magnitude of the known universe—that is, until you consider the possibility of worlds beyond that universe. How did our universe begin, and when and how will it end? Is the universe infinitely expanding, as the theory of cosmic inflation insists? If alien life exists, what are the chances of our encountering it, and what would such an encounter…

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Join some of Earth's leading scientists in exploring one of the universe's biggest mysteries. There is little more humbling than contemplating the magnitude of the known universe—that is, until you consider the possibility of worlds beyond that universe. Join Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn, creator and host of the hit PBS series Closer to Truth, as he probes the limits of the cosmos with fifteen luminar…

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The possibility of Extra-Sensory Perception, or “ESP,” fascinates us, providing the plot for countless films and television shows. Think of The Sixth Sense or The Twilight Zone. No one denies how much ESP has captured the popular imagination, but is there any factual basis for it? Some say yes—even leading scientists. Recently, researchers have begun giving serious attention to what was once thoug…

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Do you create your own destiny? Or does the universe deal you a hand that you have to play with? This series will stimulate your mind through a collection of profound and timeless questions about free will and determinism. As you analyze these competing philosophies, you will find that every answer raises fascinating new questions about morality, fate, consciousness, and the existence of a higher…

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What happens when we die? There is no bigger question and no shortage of potential answers. In this series of three episodes, your host, Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn, holds sixteen engaging interviews with an eclectic lineup of experts about that very question. As you listen to these discussions about the possibility of eternal life, you will probe fascinating questions. Can our personal awareness tra…

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Is time travel possible? What does it mean to say the universe is fine-tuned? Could our universe be fake? Or, if it is real, is it part of a multiverse? In an attempt to solve such mysteries, leading experts attempt to break the world down to its smallest particles and build it back up—to understand the universe by understanding the atom. In this compelling course, Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn, creato…

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Do you create your own destiny? Or do you merely play whatever hand the universe has dealt you? This provocative audio series will stimulate your mind by raising these and other timeless questions about free will and determinism. As you analyze these competing philosophies, you will find that every answer raises fascinating new questions about morality, fate, consciousness, and the existence of a…

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"Do you create your own destiny, or do you merely play whatever hand the universe has dealt you? This provocative audio series will stimulate your mind by raising these and other timeless questions about free will and determinism. As you analyze these competing philosophies, you will find that every answer raises fascinating new questions about morality, fate, consciousness, and the existence of a…

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Have you ever wondered what's new about New Atheism? Coined in 2006, the term New Atheism has been used to describe the shared sentiments of prominent 21st-century atheists—perhaps most notably the Four Horsemen and talk-show host Bill Maher. In popular perception, the term has also garnered a negative connotation—implying hostility towards religion at large. Now, in this series of fourteen one-on…

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How do the microscopic particles that make up our brains cause us to experience the tranquil beauty of a setting sun, the haunting strains of Mozart's Requiem, or the flush of romantic love? How, in short, can consciousness be explained? In this three-part series, neuroscientist Robert Lawrence Kuhn interviews 18 guest experts about the nuts and bolts of consciousness as well its illusory aspects.…

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Everything we know and do—all the depth of thought, all the range of emotion, all the fullness of human achievement—springs from our brains. But how exactly does your brain work? And how much can science discover about its processes? In three exciting episodes, your host, Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn, welcomes fourteen guest experts to share their inspiring knowledge of the human brain. Each episode i…

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