Why is Consciousness so Mysterious?

Podcast-style audio course - 3 Topics
Length: 1 hrs and 21 mins
Closer to Truth
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Why is Consciousness so Mysterious?

Podcast-style audio course - 3 Topics
Length: 1 hrs and 21 mins
Closer to Truth
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00
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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. Dr. Kuhn 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. 

Each episode is crafted as a series of one-on-one interviews that respond to the title question about consciousness. The sheer scope of experts that Dr. Kuhn invites to the conversation about consciousness is staggering. Their star power is another matter altogether.

In these three episodes, you’ll hear from pioneers in multiple fields, including Jaron Lanier, the computer scientist who popularized the term “virtual reality”; David John Chalmers, whose 1996 book The Conscious Mind is widely considered an essential work on consciousness and the mind-body pr

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. Dr. Kuhn 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. 

Each episode is crafted as a series of one-on-one interviews that respond to the title question about consciousness. The sheer scope of experts that Dr. Kuhn invites to the conversation about consciousness is staggering. Their star power is another matter altogether.

In these three episodes, you’ll hear from pioneers in multiple fields, including Jaron Lanier, the computer scientist who popularized the term “virtual reality”; David John Chalmers, whose 1996 book The Conscious Mind is widely considered an essential work on consciousness and the mind-body problem; the late Marvin Lee Minsky (1927-2016), who co-founded MIT’s AI laboratory; and Galen Strawson, the British analytic philosopher and longtime consultant editor for The Times Literary Supplement.

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Note: This audio series is brought to you by Learn25, a leading producer of lecture programs by top university professors. It 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).

Why is Consciousness So Mysterious?

  1. Venerable Dr. Yifa, Ph.D.
  2. Susan Jane Blackmore, Ph.D.
  3. Keith Ward, FBA, D.Div.
  4. Daniel Clement Dennett, III, D.Phil.
  5. David John Chalmers, Ph.D.
  6. John Rogers Searle, D.Phil.
  7. Colin McGinn

Is Consciousness an Illusion?

  1. Nicholas Keynes Humphrey, Ph.D.
  2. Julian Baggini, Ph.D.
  3. Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Ph.D.
  4. Galen Strawson, D.Phil.
  5. Anthony A.C. Grayling, D.Phil.
  6. Raymond Tallis, FMedSci, FRCP, FRSA

Does Consciousness Have Meaning?

  1. Ned Block, Ph.D.
  2. Marvin Lee Minsky, Ph.D.
  3. Alva Noë, Ph.D.
  4. Jaron Lanier
  5. Colin McGinn

 

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