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Closer To Truth 1600s

Producer: The Kuhn FoundationCTT Cosmos
Rights: Unlimited, 5/13/16 to 5/12/19
13 x 30
High Definition
SD letterbox versions available from EPS

Free Series

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 is 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.

Episode Descriptions:

1601.  When Brains Go Bad?
What does brain damage do to people? By observing strange behaviors in brain impaired patients, scientists discern how normal brains works For example, what happens to “the self”?

1602.  What is the Doomsday Argument?
Have we underestimated the risks of global catastrophe and human extinction? There is an odd argument that claims to justify end-of-the-world worries with raw statistics.

1603.  How Could God Make Miracles?
Where do miracles fit in belief systems that center on God? If God exists, how could God make miracles happen, and what would miracles imply about the way God relates to the world?

1604.  How do Consciousness and Language Relate?
Why the tension between consciousness, my inner experience, and language, enabling thought and culture? Does consciousness cause language? Or language cause consciousness?

1605. Can God and Science Mix?
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.

1606.  Religious Faith: Rational or Rationalization?
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?

1607.  Can Brain Alone Explain Consciousness?
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.

1608.  Can Enlarged Materialism Explain Consciousness?
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?

1609.   Does Consciousness Defeat Materialism?
Does anything exist beyond the physical world? If yes, could consciousness undermine materialism? If no, could consciousness confirm materialism? It’s the big test.

1610.  Fallacies in Arguing for God?
When believers argue that God exists, what mistakes do they make? What are their errors in logic as well as in fact? Whoever wants to believe in God must not use arguments that do not work.

1611.  What is Philosophy of Science?
Can science discover all truths? Or are there truths beyond science? What is science? A process? A way of thinking? How to get at the essence of science, discern how it really works?

1612.   Does Philosophy Help Science?
What constitutes good science? Are there limits to science? If so, what are the boundaries? How deep can science dig into the foundations of the world?

1613.  Marvin Minsky: Like No Other
One of artificial intelligence’s legendary pioneers, Marvin Minsky, recently died. With this tribute, we celebrate his penetrating analysis of brains, minds, AI, religion and God.


Feeddate/Time:    Friday beginning May 13, 2016 @ 0830-0900ET/HD04                     

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With myth-busting insights, easy-to-understand science, and delicious, wholesome recipes, Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? is a no-nonsense guide to achieving optimal weight and lifelong health.

Eating real food doesn’t have to be complicated. Dr. Hyman is going to show us the principles of healthy eating by walking through each of the major food catefories – from meats to beverages and everything in between. Dr. Hyman tells the viewer exactly what foods to focus on and what to avoid. He will provide easy steps to get started, taking out all of the guess work of putting together meals. As a bonus, Dr. Hyman will also explain how food is one of the greatest contributors to global warming and pollution, then he will show us what foods will take less of a toll on our environment and our health.

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