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.
Dr. Perlmutter’s Whole Life Plan
Welcome to Dr. Perlmutter’s Whole Life Plan.
Dr. Perlmutter puts his ideas into practice in the real world to show you that living your best life is about much more than what you put in your mouth. It expands upon the core advice in his previous programs and introduces exciting new information about the advantages of eating more fat and fiber, consuming fewer carbs and protein, evicting gluten forever, and catering to your intestinal flora.
Food is a central component of the program, but so are other key aspects to achieving the best results: the timing of when you eat, sleep, and exercise; knowing which supplements to take and which medications to potentially drop; reducing daily stress and even chemical exposures in your physical environment; nurturing relationships and your own self-care; addressing the challenges in life with grace and ease; routinely creating goals for your personal development; and finding time for the kinds of physical activities that power the brain while healing the body.
This beautiful series immerses the viewer in the nature of the northern extremities of Europe, beyond the Arctic Circle and into a land of ice and fire; from the Tundra and on to the Arctic Ocean. Wildest Arctic captures the awesome cinematic range of the Arctic region, from the crashes of vast glaciers, to the howls of the wildest wolves and the haunting remoteness of this true wilderness.
We find wolverines, lynx and leopards in the Taiga (Russian for “forest”); polar bears and whales in the Arctic Ocean; Arctic foxes and Atlantic puffins in Iceland; and follow the 2,000 mile migration of 500,000 caribou in the Tundra.
This is the arctic as you’ve never seen it before: surprisingly rich in wildlife and completely – beautifully – wild!