Closer to Truth
This series on Cosmos, Consciousness and God is a global journey in search of the vital ideas of existence. It explores fundamental issues through intimate, candid conversations with leading scientists, philosophers, scholars, theologians and creative thinkers of all kinds. Dr Robert Lawrence Kuhn, creator and host of the series, seeks answers to fundamental issues of universe, meaning and purpose, with each episode featuring 4 to 7 of the world's foremost thinkers.
How Do Consciousness and Language Relate? (#1604) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
Why the tension between consciousness, my inner experience, and language, enabling thought and culture? Does consciousness cause language? Or language cause consciousness?
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Can God and Science Mix? (#1605) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
Science and religion each claims dominion over deep reality. But science and religion are not parallel. All should believe science, humanity's common language, while religion has many skeptics.
Religious Faith: Rational Or Rationalization? (#1606) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
There is strain between faith and reason, yet many people proclaim their faith. Why? What generates faith? God? Or human psychology? Should we want to have faith?
Can Brain Alone Explain Consciousness? (#1607) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
Can physical facts about the brain account for mental experiences of the mind? Has philosophy of mind made progress? We take a 15-year journey with John Searle and David Chalmers.
Can Enlarged Materialism Explain Consciousness? (#1608) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
Materialism is the belief that only physical things are real. But physical things seem so utterly different from mental things. Could there be more to materialism than the known laws of physics?
Does Consciousness Defeat Materialism? (#1609) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
Does anything exist beyond the physical world? If yes, could consciousness undermine materialism? If no, could consciousness confirm materialism? It's the big test.