Consciousness: Science and Mystery of Our Identity

Podcast-style audio course - 13 Topics
Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
Closer to Truth
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Consciousness: Science and Mystery of Our Identity

Podcast-style audio course - 13 Topics
Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
Closer to Truth
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00
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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 philosopher and longtime consultant editor for The Times Literary Supplement.

In over 40 compelling interviews with experts like these, celebrated neuroscientist Robert Lawrence Kuhn explores the nature and mysteries of consciousness. He engages with his experts on a sophisticated plane without alienating you, his audience of restless souls and inquisitive minds with feet in the real world.

How, Dr. Kuhn asks his interlocutors, can consciousness be explained?

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?

These interviews—with cosmologists, computer scientists, philosophers, paranormal researchers, and more—explore key questions such as t

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 philosopher and longtime consultant editor for The Times Literary Supplement.

In over 40 compelling interviews with experts like these, celebrated neuroscientist Robert Lawrence Kuhn explores the nature and mysteries of consciousness. He engages with his experts on a sophisticated plane without alienating you, his audience of restless souls and inquisitive minds with feet in the real world.

How, Dr. Kuhn asks his interlocutors, can consciousness be explained?

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?

These interviews—with cosmologists, computer scientists, philosophers, paranormal researchers, and more—explore key questions such as these about the nature and mystery of consciousness. Join him in these conversations with scientific and philosophical heavyweights to engage and expand your own curiosity on what it means to be conscious.

Note: This audio series was originally produced by Closer to Truth, the television series created, written, and hosted by Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn and co-created, produced, and directed by Peter Getzels. Closer to Truth invites the world’s foremost scientists, philosophers, and creative thinkers to debate the deepest questions facing humanity: questions of consciousness, the cosmos, and meaning.

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Robert Lawrence Kuhn is the creator, writer, executive producer, and host of Closer To Truth—the public television series that invites leading scientists, philosophers, and creative thinkers to discuss fundamental questions of consciousness, the cosmos, and meaning.
After completing his undergraduate degree in human biology at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Kuhn went on to earn a doctorate in Anatomy/Brain Research from the University of California, Los Angeles, and then later, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Kuhn has published more than 30 books, including The Mystery of Existence: Why Is There Anything At All? (with John Leslie); Closer To Truth: Challenging Current Belief; Closer To Truth: Science, Meaning and the Future; How China’s Leaders Think (featuring President Xi Jinping); and The Man Who Changed China: The Life and Legacy of Jiang Zemin (China’s best-selling book in 2005).
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