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Podcast Profile: Closer To Truth

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100 episodes
2021 to 2024
Median: 27 minutes
Collection: Philosophy


Description (podcaster-provided):

Closer To Truth presents the world’s greatest thinkers exploring humanity’s deepest questions in Cosmos, Life, Consciousness, and Meaning. Engage new and diverse ways of thinking. Appreciate intense debates. Seek your own answers.


Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Philosophy of mind • Consciousness exploration • Evolutionary biology • Quantum physics • Cosmology • Eastern traditions • Neuropsychology • Artificial intelligence • Mathematics • Theology • Sentient life forms • Scientific breakthroughs

This podcast, "Closer To Truth," delves into some of humanity's most profound and complex questions, exploring themes across philosophy, science, and spirituality. The show features interviews with leading philosophers, scientists, and theologians, each offering their unique perspectives on topics such as consciousness, cosmology, and existential questions. Regularly discussed are the intricate connections between mind, cognition, and perception, probing into whether phenomena like consciousness require radical new explanations or if they can be delineated through existing scientific and philosophical frameworks.

The podcast frequently examines the nature of reality through the lenses of Eastern and Western traditions, including deep dives into Buddhist, Hindu, and Chinese philosophical approaches to suffering, ethics, and the self. It also investigates the scientific edges of these discussions, addressing groundbreaking ideas in evolutionary biology, theoretical physics, and mathematics. Themes such as the origins of the universe, the concept of time, black holes, and the interplay between mathematics and the physical world are recurrent, aiming to bridge gaps between abstract theories and empirical research.

Another prominent topic is the evolution of intelligence, be it human, animal, or artificial. Discussions often explore the potential of AI and its implications for future human existence, as well as the cognitive capabilities of animals, comparing these with human intelligence. The podcast also considers broader existential themes, such as the purpose of the universe and the potential for life beyond Earth, along with theological inquiries into the nature of God and the integration of scientific perspectives with religious beliefs.

Emerging scientific discoveries and their philosophical implications are a staple, providing a platform for intellectual debates about the fundamental nature of existence, the universe, and the underlying principles that govern life and reality.


Episodes:
Is Human Consciousness Special?
2024-Jul-17
27 minutes
Ned Block on Perception, Cognition, and Consciousness
2024-Jul-10
78 minutes
Are Plants Sentient?
2024-Jul-03
47 minutes
Are Suffering and Ritual Vital?
2024-Jun-26
27 minutes
Why is There Anything at All?
2024-Jun-19
27 minutes
Brian Swimme on Consciousness, Cultural Evolution, and the Noosphere
2024-Jun-12
42 minutes
What is Evolutionary Developmental Biology?
2024-Jun-05
27 minutes
Eastern Traditions: What is the Human Person?
2024-May-29
26 minutes
Sean Carroll on Physics, the Multiverse, and Quantum Mechanics
2024-May-24
58 minutes
What are Scientific Breakthroughs in Biology?
2024-May-15
27 minutes
Why are Black Holes so Astonishing?
2024-May-08
26 minutes
Anna Abraham on the Neuroscience of the Creative Brain
2024-May-01
71 minutes
Robert Wright on Evolution and the Future of Humanity
2024-Apr-24
57 minutes
Eastern Traditions: What is World? What is Reality?
2024-Apr-17
27 minutes
Nick Bostrom on Superintelligence and the Future of AI
2024-Apr-10
71 minutes
Paul Thagard on AI, Animal Consciousness, and Human Intelligence
2024-Apr-03
72 minutes
Helen De Cruz on What Makes Life Worth Living
2024-Mar-27
57 minutes
Why Philosophy of Biology?
2024-Mar-20
27 minutes
Marcelo Gleiser on Why Science Cannot Ignore Human Experience
2024-Mar-13
73 minutes
Does Consciousness Require a Radical Explanation?
2024-Mar-06
26 minutes
What Does the “Unreasonable Effectiveness” of Mathematics Mean?
2024-Feb-28
27 minutes
Carlo Rovelli on White Holes
2024-Feb-21
77 minutes
Ilia Delio on Evolution, Quantum Physics, and Neuroscience in Theology
2024-Feb-14
47 minutes
Can Mathematics Explain Biology?
2024-Feb-07
26 minutes
Roger Penrose: Mathematics & What Exists
2024-Jan-24
27 minutes
Is Mathematics Invented or Discovered?
2024-Jan-16
26 minutes
What is the Deep Meaning of Probability?
2024-Jan-10
26 minutes
Martin Rees on Cosmology and Existential Risk
2024-Jan-03
43 minutes
When Brains Go Bad
2023-Dec-27
26 minutes
Jesus as God: A Philosophical Inquiry
2023-Dec-20
26 minutes
Freeman Dyson: From Physics to the Far Future
2023-Dec-13
27 minutes
How Does the Subconscious Affect Us?
2023-Dec-06
26 minutes
What Are Breakthroughs in Mathematics?
2023-Nov-29
27 minutes
Terrence Deacon on the Noosphere
2023-Nov-22
51 minutes
Philip Goff on the Purpose of the Universe
2023-Nov-08
75 minutes
Why is Mathematics True and Beautiful?
2023-Nov-01
26 minutes
Can We Survive Death?
2023-Oct-25
27 minutes
Can Art Probe Creativity?
2023-Oct-18
26 minutes
What Makes Brains Conscious?
2023-Oct-11
26 minutes
Dan Dennett on the Mysteries of the Mind
2023-Oct-04
81 minutes
Will Kinney on Cosmic Inflation and the Beginning of the Universe
2023-Sep-27
69 minutes
The Marvels of Space-Time
2023-Sep-20
27 minutes
Samuel Lebens on Jewish Philosophy
2023-Sep-13
62 minutes
What Exists?
2023-Sep-06
26 minutes
What Are Dreams About?
2023-Aug-30
26 minutes
What is Time?
2023-Aug-23
27 minutes
Do Angels and Demons Exist?
2023-Aug-16
26 minutes
Dr. Aomawa Shields on Life on Other Planets
2023-Aug-09
66 minutes
How to Decipher Deception in Evolution?
2023-Aug-02
27 minutes
Paul Davies on What’s Eating the Universe (Part 2)
2023-Jul-26
78 minutes
Paul Davies on What’s Eating the Universe (Part 1)
2023-Jul-26
30 minutes
How Do Humans Differ from Other Animals?
2023-Jul-19
26 minutes
Frank Wilczek on the Future of Science (Part 2)
2023-Jul-12
69 minutes
Frank Wilczek on the Future of Science (Part 1)
2023-Jul-12
44 minutes
Can Art Clarify The Mind-Body Problem?
2023-Jul-05
26 minutes
Sara Manning Peskin on the Deepest Mysteries of our Brains
2023-Jun-28
70 minutes
What are Scientific Breakthroughs in Physics?
2023-Jun-21
27 minutes
Did the Universe Have a Beginning?
2023-Jun-14
26 minutes
How Does Deception Affect Human Behavior?
2023-Jun-07
26 minutes
Tim Palmer on Doubt: From Quantum Physics to Climate Change
2023-May-31
85 minutes
Where Are They, All Those Aliens?
2023-May-24
26 minutes
Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam on How Thinking Emerged from Chaos
2023-May-18
77 minutes
The Multiverse: What’s Real?
2023-May-10
26 minutes
Michio Kaku on Quantum Supremacy
2023-May-03
74 minutes
Hilary Lawson on Closure
2023-Apr-26
75 minutes
Are There Extra Dimensions?
2023-Apr-19
26 minutes
Manil Suri on How to Build the Universe with Math
2023-Apr-12
61 minutes
Why is Consciousness Baffling?
2023-Apr-05
26 minutes
What is Philosophy of the Breakthrough Process?
2023-Mar-29
26 minutes
Nicholas Humphrey on Sentience: The Invention of Consciousness
2023-Mar-22
75 minutes
Episode Image Is Time Travel Possible?
2023-Mar-15
26 minutes
Jill Tarter on Alien Intelligences, Extraterrestrial Technology, and SETI
2023-Mar-08
37 minutes
What are Scientific Breakthroughs in Physics?
2023-Mar-01
26 minutes
Sean Carroll on the Biggest Ideas in the Universe
2023-Feb-22
72 minutes
Is Death Final?
2023-Feb-15
26 minutes
Donald Hoffman on Reality, Consciousness, and Conscious Agents
2023-Feb-08
55 minutes
What are Scientific Breakthroughs in Biology?
2023-Feb-01
26 minutes
Sabine Hossenfelder on Physics and the Big Questions
2023-Jan-25
64 minutes
How the Subconscious Affects Us
2023-Jan-18
26 minutes
Stephon Alexander on the Fear of a Black Universe
2023-Jan-11
68 minutes
What is Philosophy of Biology?
2023-Jan-04
26 minutes
Noam Chomsky on Closer To Truth’s Big Questions (Part 4)
2022-Dec-21
68 minutes
Noam Chomsky on Linguistic Theories and the Evolution of Language (Part 3)
2022-Dec-21
39 minutes
Noam Chomsky on Theories of Linguistics (Part 2)
2022-Dec-14
42 minutes
Episode Image Noam Chomsky on Intellectual History and Reflections (Part 1)
2022-Dec-14
27 minutes
Sir Roger Penrose on Consciousness and New Physics
2022-Dec-07
35 minutes
Sir Roger Penrose on Spacetime, Quantum Mechanics, and General Relativity
2022-Dec-07
114 minutes
Sir Roger Penrose on Mathematics and World Reflections
2022-Dec-07
32 minutes
What's Beyond Physics?
2021-May-12
26 minutes
Can the Brain Explain Art?
2021-May-05
26 minutes
What is Philosophy of Art?
2021-Apr-28
26 minutes
Can Metaphysics Discover Surprises?
2021-Apr-21
26 minutes
The Mystery of Existence
2021-Apr-14
26 minutes
Can Art Clarify the Mind-Body Problem?
2021-Apr-07
26 minutes
Does Information Create the Cosmos?
2021-Mar-31
26 minutes
Big Questions in Free Will (Part 1)
2021-Mar-24
26 minutes
What Exists? (Part 2)
2021-Mar-17
26 minutes
Can the Cosmos Have a Reason?
2021-Mar-10
26 minutes
Can Brain Explain Mind?
2021-Mar-03
26 minutes
Where are All Those Aliens?
2021-Feb-24
26 minutes