Why is Consciousness so Mysterious?

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Why is Consciousness so Mysterious?

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How do the microscopic particles that make up our brains cause us to experience the tranquil beauty of a setting sun, the haunting strains of Mozart’s Requiem, or the flush of romantic love?

How, in short, can consciousness be explained?

In this collection of three episodes, your host, Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn, interviews a total of 18 guest experts about the nuts and bolts as well as the illusory aspects of consciousness. Holding a doctorate in Anatomy/Brain Research from UCLA, Dr. Kuhn is able to engage with his experts on a sophisticated plane without alienating you, his audience of restless souls and inquisitive minds with feet in the real world.

Each episode is crafted as a series of one-on-one interviews that respond to the title question about consciousness.

The sheer scope of experts that Dr. Kuhn invites to the conversation about consciousness is staggering. The star power of these experts is another matter altogether.

In these three episodes, you’ll hear from pioneers in multiple fields, including: Jaron Lanier, the computer scientist who popularized the term “virtual reality” (or, “VR”); David John Chalmers, whose 1996 book, The Conscious Mind, is widely considered (by both advocates and opponents) an essential work on consciousness and the mind-body problem; the late Marvin Lee Minsky (1927-2016), who co-founded MIT’s AI laboratory; and Galen Strawson, the British analytic philosopher and longtime consultant editor for The Times Literary Supplement.

Note: This audio series is brought to you by Now You Know Media, leading producer of lecture programs by top university professors. It was originally produced by Closer to Truth—the television series created, written, and hosted by Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn and co-created, produced, and directed by Peter Getzels. Closer to Truth invites the world’s foremost scientists, philosophers, and creative thinkers to debate the deepest questions facing humanity: questions of consciousness, the cosmos, and meaning.


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Why is Consciousness So Mysterious?

  1. Venerable Dr. Yifa, Ph.D.
  2. Susan Jane Blackmore, Ph.D.
  3. Keith Ward, FBA, D.Div.
  4. Daniel Clement Dennett, III, D.Phil.
  5. David John Chalmers, Ph.D.
  6. John Rogers Searle, D.Phil.
  7. Colin McGinn

Is Consciousness an Illusion?

  1. Nicholas Keynes Humphrey, Ph.D.
  2. Julian Baggini, Ph.D.
  3. Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Ph.D.
  4. Galen Strawson, D.Phil.
  5. Anthony A.C. Grayling, D.Phil.
  6. Raymond Tallis, FMedSci, FRCP, FRSA

Does Consciousness Have Meaning?

  1. Ned Block, Ph.D.
  2. Marvin Lee Minsky, Ph.D.
  3. Alva Noë, Ph.D.
  4. Jaron Lanier
  5. Colin McGinn

 

About Your Presenter

Robert Lawrence Kuhn is the creator, writer, executive producer, and host of Closer To Truth—the public television series that invites leading scientists, philosophers, and creative thinkers to discuss fundamental questions of consciousness, the cosmos, and meaning.

After completing his undergraduate degree in human biology at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Kuhn went on to earn a doctorate in Anatomy/Brain Research from the University of California, Los Angeles, and then later, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Kuhn has published more than 30 books, including The Mystery of Existence: Why Is There Anything At All? (with John Leslie); Closer To Truth: Challenging Current Belief; Closer To Truth: Science, Meaning and the Future; How China’s Leaders Think (featuring President Xi Jinping); and The Man Who Changed China: The Life and Legacy of Jiang Zemin (China’s best-selling book in 2005).

 

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