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Noam Chomsky on Theories of Linguistics (Part 2)

Closer To Truth is proud to present this four-part miniseries with distinguished theoretical linguist, analytic philosopher, and cognitive scientist Noam Chomsky. In Part 2, Chomsky discusses generative and transformational grammar, deep structure paradigm, minimalism, and the relationship between syntax and meaning. Noam Chomsky is a distinguished theoretical linguist, analytic philosopher, cognitive scientist, political critic, social…

Noam Chomsky’s Reflections on Philosophy and Linguistics (Part 1)

Closer To Truth is proud to present this four-part miniseries with distinguished theoretical linguist, analytic philosopher, and cognitive scientist Noam Chomsky. In Part 1, Chomsky discusses his intellectual history, highlights and reflections: from theoretical linguistics and syntactic structures to philosophical debates and political activism. Noam Chomsky is a distinguished theoretical linguist, analytic philosopher, cognitive scientist,…

Roger Penrose on Mathematics, Physics, and the World

Sir Roger Penrose shares his thoughts on mathematics and world reflections. He discusses his “three worlds and three deep mysteries” theory, pure mathematics, the “Impossible Penrose Triangle”, M.C. Escher, Penrose tiling, astrophysics, and consciousness. Sir Roger Penrose is a mathematical physicist and philosopher. He is the Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the Mathematical…

Saleem Ali on Natural Laws and Human Life

Saleem Ali discusses his sweeping, globally integrative new book, Earthly Order: How Natural Laws Define Human Life. Earthly Order explores patterns of deep structural linkages between natural order and human-constructed order, between the environment and society; it shows how natural laws operate at all levels of the majestic hierarchy of human existents, from the quantum…

Tim Palmer on Doubt: From Quantum Physics to Climate Change

Tim Palmer discusses his new book, The Primacy of Doubt: From Quantum Physics to Climate Change, How the Science of Uncertainty Can Help Us Understand Our Chaotic World. In it, he challenges conventional wisdom on quantum mechanics, free will, and more. Order The Primacy of Doubt now. Tim Palmer is a Royal Society Research Professor…

Manil Suri on How to Build the Universe with Math

Mathematician Manil Suri talks about about his insightful new book, The Big Bang of Numbers: How to Build the Universe Using Only Math. He explores if math describes the universe or creates it, what “nothing” mean to a mathematician, and if all mathematically consistent systems create universes. He also tackles arithmetic, geometry, algebra, patterns, physics,…

Sean Carroll on the Biggest Ideas in the Universe

Sean Carroll talks about about his terrific new book, The Biggest Ideas in the Universe: Space, Time, and Motion. He also dives into the importance of equations in popular science writing, conservation, Noether’s Theorem, the mechanics of space, the nature of time, black holes, gravity, and many other topics. Order The Biggest Ideas in the…

Sabine Hossenfelder on Physics and the Big Questions

Sabine Hossenfelder talks about if the past exists, how the universe began and how it will end, information, math as reality, time, and consciousness. She also discusses her new book, Existential Physics: A Scientist’s Guide to Life’s Biggest Questions. Purchase a copy of Existential Physics: A Scientist’s Guide to Life’s Biggest Questions here. Sabine Hossenfelder is an author…

Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam on How Thinking Emerged from Chaos

Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam, neuroscientists and authors of Journey of the Mind: How Thinking Emerged from Chaos, discuss why consciousness exists, how consciousness works, and their unified theory of the mind. Ogas and Gaddam’s latest book, Journey of the Mind, is available for purchase now. Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam both received their PhDs in computational…

William Lane Craig Retrospective

Closer To Truth is pleased to present this Retrospective Series with William Lane Craig, an overview and summary of his primary research, theories and arguments in philosophical theology. The six parts are presented in chronological order. William Lane Craig Retrospective I: The Kalam Cosmological Argument William Lane Craig Retrospective II: Historical Evidence of the Resurrection…

William Lane Craig: In Quest of the Historical Adam

Analytic philosopher and Christian apologist William Lane Craig discusses his recent book, In Quest of the Historical Adam. Was Adam a real historical person? And if so, who was he and when did he live? Craig sets out to answer these questions through a biblical and scientific investigation. He also examines the origin of humanity, Genesis…

Frank Wilczek on Thinking, Writing, and Science

Theoretical physicist and mathematician Frank Wilczek discusses his way of thinking about fundamental science, his writing and philosophy, humanity’s place and purpose, what is and what could be in science, and the laws of physics. Wilczek’s latest book, Fundamentals: Ten Keys to Reality, is available for purchase now. Frank Wilczek is a theoretical physicist, author, and…