What Is Human Nature? Surprising Insights into Free Will, Personal Identity, and Existence

Podcast-style audio course - 13 Topics
Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
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What Is Human Nature? Surprising Insights into Free Will, Personal Identity, and Existence

Podcast-style audio course - 13 Topics
Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
Closer to Truth
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00
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Join Pulitzer-Prize-winning, bestselling author Jared Diamond in asking some of the biggest questions of our existence.

Do you create your own destiny? Or do you merely play whatever hand the universe has dealt you? This provocative audieries 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 higher power.

In this series, host Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn welcomes a total of 13 guest experts to discuss free will, identity, and the possibility of the afterlife. Each episode is crafted as a series of one-on-one interviews.

Kuhn’s interlocutors include Jared Diamond, Peter van Inwagen, and Daniel Clement Dennett III. A Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of field-spanning books on human societies, Diamond is a professor of geography at UCLA. Meanwhile, Notre Dame philosophy professor van Inwagen is a leading figure in contemporary metaphysics, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of action. Dennett, a philosophy professor and cognitive scientist, is director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University.

Recent neuroscientific

Join Pulitzer-Prize-winning, bestselling author Jared Diamond in asking some of the biggest questions of our existence.

Do you create your own destiny? Or do you merely play whatever hand the universe has dealt you? This provocative audieries 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 higher power.

In this series, host Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn welcomes a total of 13 guest experts to discuss free will, identity, and the possibility of the afterlife. Each episode is crafted as a series of one-on-one interviews.

Kuhn’s interlocutors include Jared Diamond, Peter van Inwagen, and Daniel Clement Dennett III. A Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of field-spanning books on human societies, Diamond is a professor of geography at UCLA. Meanwhile, Notre Dame philosophy professor van Inwagen is a leading figure in contemporary metaphysics, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of action. Dennett, a philosophy professor and cognitive scientist, is director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University.

Recent neuroscientific discoveries have fanned the flames of the free will debate. The implications of this debate are far-reaching and potentially paradigm-shifting. Explore its vital questions with the world’s greatest minds.

Note: Lectures 1 and 3—“Is Free Will an Illusion?” and “Why Is Free Will a Mystery?”—were funded in part by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

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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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