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Brian Swimme on Consciousness, Cultural Evolution, and the Noosphere

Professor Brian Swimme discusses cosmogenesis, our cultural evolution, human consciousness, the Noosphere, and more. Brian Thomas Swimme is a professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco where he teaches evolutionary cosmology to graduate students in the philosophy, cosmology, and consciousness program. His upcoming book, The Story of the Noosphere, will be…

Sean Carroll on Physics, the Multiverse, and Quantum Mechanics

Why is matter solid? Why is there antimatter? Where do the sizes of atoms come from? Theoretical physicist and philosopher Sean Carroll cuts to the bare mathematical essence of our most profound theories, explaining every step in his new book, Quanta and Fields: The Biggest Ideas in the Universe. In this interview, Carroll uses the…

Hilary Lawson & Robert Lawrence Kuhn: Answering Fan Questions on AI, Consciousness, & More

To celebrate Closer To Truth’s partnership with this year’s HowtheLightGetsIn Hay festival, CTT host Robert Lawrence Kuhn and IAI founder Hilary Lawson sat down for a conversation to explore the festival’s theme of “Dangers, Desires, and Destiny”. In this conversation, they discuss nationalism, tribalism, artificial intelligence, social media, and answer questions submitted by viewers. Hilary…

Anna Abraham on the Neuroscience of the Creative Brain

Is there any truth to the idea that creativity originates from the right side of the brain? What is the link between mental illness and creativity? What role can psychedelics play in boosting creativity Professor Anna Abraham tackles these questions and more in her book, “The Creative Brain: Myths and Truths”. In this interview, Abraham…

Robert Wright on Evolution and the Future of Humanity

Creative thinker and media visionary Robert Wright discusses a fascinating variety of topics including social media’s effect on society, sexual psychology and monogamy, the concept of non-zero, biological and cultural evolution, and more. Bob Wright is an author and journalist known for his wide-ranging interests in philosophy, society, science (especially evolutionary psychology), history, politics, international…

Nick Bostrom on Superintelligence and the Future of AI

Philosopher Nick Bostrom discusses his new book, Deep Utopia: Life and Meaning in a Solved World, where he asks: In the face of incredible technological advances, what is the point of human existence? Will AI make our life and labor obsolete? In a “solved world,” where would we find meaning and purpose? Nick Bostrom is…

Paul Thagard on AI, Animal Consciousness, and Human Intelligence

How do animals and smart machines measure up to human intelligence? Can fish feel pain and do dogs get jealous? Paul Thagard—a philosopher and cognitive scientist—explores hotly debated issues about animal and artificial intelligence to conclude that current bots and beasts fall far short of human capabilities. Thagard’s book, Bots and Beasts: What Makes Machines,…

Carlo Rovelli on White Holes

Helen De Cruz on What Makes Life Worth Living

Philosopher Helen De Cruz discusses her new book, Wonderstruck: How Wonder and Awe Shape the Way We Think. De Cruz explores the transformative role of wonder and awe in an uncertain world and reveals how they are catalysts that can help us reclaim what makes life worth living and preserve the things we find wonderful…

Marcelo Gleiser on Why Science Cannot Ignore Human Experience

Theoretical physicist and astronomer Marcelo Glesier offers compelling argument for including the human perspective within science, and for how human experience makes science possible. He discusses his new book, The Blind Spot: Why Science Cannot Ignore Human Experience, which urges us to create a new scientific culture that views ourselves both as an expression of…

Ilia Delio on Evolution, Quantum Physics, and Neuroscience in Theology

Innovative theologian and neuroscientist Ilia Delio discusses Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, technology and AI, the pursuit of extraterrestrial life, and the roles of evolution, quantum physics, and neuroscience in theology. Dr. Ilia Delio is a Franciscan Sister and a theologian from the Catholic tradition specializing in science and religion. She holds the Josephine Connelly Endowed…

Martin Rees on Cosmology and Existential Risk

Cosmologist Martin Rees discusses the latest advances in cosmology like the breathtaking images and data from the James Webb Space Telescope—galaxies formed soon after the Big Bang that are larger, earlier, more structured, and more numerous than expected—humanity’s existential risks, including pandemics, biotechnology, climate change, nuclear war, and AI, and “long-tail” risks such as asteroid…