Closer To Truth: Science, Meaning, and the Future

Closer To Truth: Science, Meaning, and the Future

by Robert Lawrence Kuhn
ISBN-10:
0275993892
ISBN-13:
9780275993894
Pub. Date:
02/28/2007
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

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Closer To Truth: Science, Meaning, and the Future

Explore the latest scientific research, philosophical thinking, and expressions of human creativity. Some of the world's most esteemed experts—Nobel laureates, best-selling authors, and renowned scholars—engage in spontaneous and intimate conversations that combine hard facts with an inspiring, and breathtaking, look into our future. Based on the public television program of the same name, Closer To Truth features distinguished specialists who forcefully debate provocative subjects that have broad ramifications for the population at large: Who gets to validate alternative medicine? How does basic science support national security? Can we believe in both religion and science? At the heart is the question: how will scientific advances and the philosophical issues they create affect the individual as well as humanity as a whole?

Closer To Truth: Science, Meaning, and the Future explores the latest scientific research, philosophical thinking, and expressions of human creativity. Some of the world's most esteemed experts—Nobel laureates, best-selling authors, and renowned scholars—engage in spontaneous and intimate conversations that combine hard facts with an inspiring—and breathtaking—look into our future. Based on the public television program of the same name, Closer To Truth features distinguished specialists who forcefully debate provocative subjects that have broad ramifications for the population at large: Who gets to validate alternative medicine? How does basic science support national security? Can we believe in both religion and science? At the heart is the question: how will scientific advances and the philosophical issues they create affect the individual as well as humanity as a whole?

Whether the subject is the meaning of human consciousness, the ethics of testing experimental drugs on sick people, scientific thinking versus religious beliefs, or how music may help mental development, Closer To Truth uncovers exciting new lines of inquiry and offers fresh perspectives. Participants include Nobel laureates Murray Gell-Mann and David Baltimore; authors Michael Crichton, Octavia Butler, and David Brin; astrophysicists Alan Guth and Neil deGrasse Tyson; planetary scientist Bruce Murray; physicist Steven Koonin; quantum theorist Seth Lloyd; molecular biologist Lucy Shapiro; neuroscientists Nancy Andreasen, Terry Sejnowski, and Christof Koch; psychiatrist Leslie Brothers; Psychology Today's Robert Epstein; musicologists Jeanne Bamberger and Robert Freeman; ethicist Alexander Capron; skeptic Michael Shermer; theologian Nancey Murphy; and Islamic scientist Muzaffar Iqbal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275993894
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/28/2007
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 816,520
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

ROBERT LAWRENCE KUHN is the creator and host of the Closer To Truth television series. Dr. Kuhn holds a doctorate in brain research and is an international investment banker and corporate strategist. He is Senior Advisor to Citigroup Investment Banking and Senior Partner of IMG, the world's premier sports, entertainment and media company, and the chairman of the Kuhn Foundation. Since 1989 he has been advising the Chinese government in economic policy, media and entertainment policy, mergers and acquisitions, science and technology, cultural exchanges, and international communications. Dr. Kuhn is the author or editor of 25 books, including The Man Who Changed China: The Life and Legacy of Jiang Zemin, a biography that was China's best-selling book in 2005.

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"How does it feel being autistic? Can science fiction warn of risks to humankind? Is 'alternative medicine' of benefit, or music, or mood-altering pills? Will alien life be found soon? Are more universes being born? Does immortality await us in heaven or inside immensely powerful computers? Forty-eight experts discuss the cosmos and what makes life interesting. Robert Lawrence Kuhn's our guide, host, editor. An intellectual feast for a mental gourmet!"

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