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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…

Terrence Deacon on the Noosphere

Neuroanthropologist and co-chair of the N2 Conference Terrence Deacon discusses the noosphere, biological evolution, and the upcoming N2 conference hosted by scientific multimedia non-profit organization Human Energy to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Discovery of the Noosphere. 100 years ago, Philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin introduced the concept of a planetary mind called the…

Philip Goff on the Purpose of the Universe

Why are we here? What’s the point of existence? Philosopher and consciousness researcher Philip Goff tackles these questions and more in this discussion of his new book, Why? The Purpose of the Universe. Goff argues that it’s time to move on from both God and atheism and instead look to cosmic purpose to understand the…

Will Kinney on Cosmic Inflation and the Beginning of the Universe

Cosmologist and physics professor Will Kinney discusses his book, An Infinity of Worlds: Cosmic Inflation and the Beginning of the Universe. Kinney considers what happened before the primordial fire of the Big Bang. What is the origin of structure in the cosmos? Can we come to terms with the possibility that our entire observable universe…

Daniel Dennett on the Mysteries of the Mind

Philosopher and cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett discusses his new memoir, I’ve Been Thinking, about the dominant themes of twentieth-century philosophy and cognitive science—including language, evolution, logic, religion, free will, consciousness, and artificial intelligence. Dennett’s book, I’ve Been Thinking, is available for purchase now. Daniel C. Dennett is a philosopher, writer, and cognitive scientist. He is…

Aomawa Shields on Life on Other Planets

Astronomer and astrobiologist Dr. Aomawa Shields discusses her latest book, Life on Other Planets: A Memoir of Finding My Place in the Universe. The book charts her life as an astronomer, classically-trained actor, mother, and Black woman in STEM, searching for life in the universe while building a meaningful life here on Earth. Dr. Shields…

Sara Manning Peskin on the Deepest Mysteries of our Brains

Neurologist Sara Manning Peskin discusses her book, A Molecule Away From Madness: Tales of the Hijacked Brain, about how the very molecules that allow us to exist can also sabotage our minds. Dr. Peskin recounts gripping tales of unruly molecules and the diseases that form in their wake. A college student cannot remember if she…

Thomas Hertog on the Origin of Time

Cosmologist and close collaborator of Stephen Hawking, Thomas Hertog discusses his book, On the Origin of Time: Stephen Hawking’s Final Theory, a look at the intellectual superstar’s final thoughts on the cosmos. Hertog offers a striking new vision of the universe’s birth that will profoundly transform the way we think about our place in the…

Nicholas Humphrey on the Invention of Consciousness

Neuropsychologist Nicholas Humphrey talks about his book, Sentience: The Invention of Consciousness. He tackles the hard problem of consciousness, Phenomenal Consciousness vs. Cognitive Consciousness, and Identity Theory, while providing insight into his theory of consciousness and the experiments conducted throughout his career. He also shares his thoughts on if AI will ever be conscious and…

Sir Roger Penrose on Consciousness and New Physics

Sir Roger Penrose joins Closer To Truth to discuss consciousness and new physics. Can the known laws of physics explain consciousness? Can the mind be duplicated by a computer? What is the argument against Strong A.I.? What is consciousness and how does it relate to Penrose’s Search for a Missing Science of Consciousness? And what…

Roger Penrose on Spacetime, Quantum Theory, and General Relativity

Sir Roger Penrose talks about the work that earned him a Nobel prize in physics, developing mathematics to analyze spacetime, his 1965 paper “Gravitational Collapse and Space-Time Singularities”, Cosmic Censorship Hypothesis, Conformal Cyclic Cosmology, and his thoughts on Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity. Penrose is a mathematical physicist and philosopher. He is the Emeritus Rouse…