Closer To Truth 1300s
Science & Philosophy Series
Producer: Getzels Gordon Productions & The Kuhn Foundation
Rights: Unlimited, 4/1/14 to 3/31/16
13 x 30
Closer To Truth is the definitive series on Cosmos, Consciousness and God, a global journey in search of the vital ideas of existence. It is the most complete, compelling, and accessible series on Cosmos, Consciousness and God ever produced for television.
Closer To Truth explores fundamental issues of universe, brain/mind, religion, meaning and purpose through intimate, candid conversations with leading scientists, philosophers, scholars, theologians and creative thinkers of all kinds. The shows are a rich visual experience, shot entirely on location in high definition with multiple cameras generating film-like production values. The visual lushness of the high definition, on-location productions, combined with the intriguing titles of the shows, builds audiences already interested in such perennial topics.
Each 30-minute episode features four to seven of the world’s foremost thinkers. The series as a whole features 128 such authorities in what we believe to be the most comprehensive and definitive treatment of these topics ever presented in visual or electronic media. An invaluable record of today’s best thinking, this new edition of Closer To Truth includes, in addition to the television series (available in high-definition also), an extensive internet site, and resource materials for educators and informal learners.
In this season the episodes and topics include “What is God?” What is Ultimate Reality?” and “What is Consciousness?”
1301. What is Ultimate Reality?
What’s the deepest nature of things? Our world is complex, filled with so much stuff. But down below, what’s fundamental? Only the physical world? Or anything nonphysical?
1302. What is Consciousness?
Consciousness is what we know best and explain least. It is the inner subjective experience of what it feels like to see red or smell garlic or hear Beethoven. Consciousness is baffling.
1303. Is This God?
Can humans probe God? Can we inquire into God’s essence and nature? Is God at all knowable? Or forever beyond human understanding? Let’s be bold in questioning God.
1304. Will the Universe Ever End?
In the far, far future, what happens to planets, stars, galaxies, black holes? What’s the ‘Big Rip’ and the ‘Big Crunch’? And if ‘multiple universes’ exist, if one universe ends, do others begin?
1305. Can the Divine be a Person?
What if God were a ‘person’? A person has sense, knowledge, will, intent, feelings. A person can be compassionate, sympathetic, empathetic. What’s the difference if God were not a ‘person’?
1306. Is Death Final?
Death is the ultimate defeat. No matter our successes, we are all doomed to suffer the final failure. But some claim that death is not final. Can the defeat be defeated?
1307. What Causes Religious Belief?
Why are religions so pervasive, across diverse human cultures? If God exists, would God have made it so? But there are entirely natural reasons to expect the widespread belief in God.
1308. What Things are Real?
Is the physical world real? Or an expression of consciousness. Is consciousness real? Or an illusion? Is there a spirit world? Many dismiss anything other than the physical.
1309. Free Will for Moral Responsibility?
Philosophers and brain scientists argue that our ‘will’ is less ‘free’ than we think. How do debates about free will impact morality and civil society, including the judicial system and legal defenses?
1310. What can we Learn from Alternative Gods?
Novel concepts of God challenge theism—rejecting the God of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Is this ‘heresy’? Or enlarging our vision of what the Ultimate can be like?”
1311. Why God, Not Nothing?
To solve the great mystery ‘Why does Anything At All Exist?’, many invoke ‘God’. But isn’t God also ‘Anything’? How could God be the reason why there is ‘Something’ rather than ‘Nothing’?
1312. Does God’s Knowledge Ruin Free Will?
Since God (supposedly) knows everything and can never be wrong, including about future events, how could those future events not come to pass? If we cannot do other than what God knew prior, how then free will?
1313. What Limits God’s Freedom?
If God is God, it seems impossible to limit God’s freedom. But can God create a round square? Make 1+1=3? Do evil? Sin? Be brave. There seem to be many things that God cannot do.
Memory Rescue with Daniel Amen, MD
“One of the most exciting lessons I’ve learned from looking at all our scans is that your brain does not have to deteriorate. With the right plan, you can slow or even reverse the aging process.” – Dr. Daniel Amen
In this program, award-winning psychiatrist, neuroscientist and 10-time New York Times bestselling author Dr. Daniel Amen will show you how to supercharge your memory and remember what matters most to you.
In Memory Rescue with Daniel Amen, MD, we’re going to talk about how you can improve your memory and even rescue it if you think it’s headed for trouble. This very simple idea to strengthen your memory is based on treating the 11 major risk factors that destroy your brain. Most of these risk factors are either preventable or treatable.
I’ll Have It My Way with Hattie Bryant
“The medicalization of American life from birth to death is killing our souls.”
– Hattie Bryant
As much as we all want to believe we can live forever, we all know deep down that it simply can’t be true.
From this program viewers learn that there are things each of us can do to live fully, all the way to the end. Anyone who is willing to take four simple steps now, while healthy, can minimize if not avoid entirely, the pain, suffering, confusion and disagreements that can arise when end-of-life healthcare wishes are not clearly spelled out.
Americans need this information because 70% say they want to die peacefully surrounded by friends and family … while actually 70% are dying in institutions surrounded by strangers.
Few people choose to contemplate critical illness or the inevitability of death until their time comes. Because possibilities are rarely discussed, many people are unprepared or unable to make critical end-of-life decisions and spend their last days in over-medicalized and unnecessarily painful and protracted situations.
Breaking through the taboo of discussing death, Hattie Bryant shows that we have choices.