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Closer to Truth

Closer To Truth is the definitive series on Cosmos, Consciousness and God, a global journey in search of the vital ideas of existence. It is the most complete, compelling, and accessible series on Cosmos, Consciousness and God ever produced for television. Closer To Truth explores fundamental issues of universe, brain/mind, religion, meaning and purpose through intimate, candid conversations with leading scientists, philosophers, scholars, theologians and creative thinkers of all kinds. The shows are a rich visual experience, shot entirely on location in high definition with multiple cameras generating film-like production values. The visual lushness of the high definition, on-location productions, combined with the intriguing titles of the shows, builds audiences already interested in such perennial topics. Each 30-minute episode features four to seven of the world's foremost thinkers. The series as a whole features 128 such authorities in what we believe to be the most comprehensive and definitive treatment of these topics ever presented in visual or electronic media.

Closer to Truth  
  • How The Subconscious Affects Us
    Sunday, December 15
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    There is more to our mental lives than the current content of our awareness. Our subconscious affects what we sense, think, feel and do. How does the subconscious work its magic?
  • How The Subconscious Affects Us
    Tuesday, December 17
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    There is more to our mental lives than the current content of our awareness. Our subconscious affects what we sense, think, feel and do. How does the subconscious work its magic?
  • Can Metaphysics Discern God I?
    Sunday, December 22
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    How to think about God rationally, logically, profoundly, critically. We have no illusion that metaphysics can find God, but can a kind of progress be made?
  • Can Metaphysics Discern God I?
    Tuesday, December 24
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    How to think about God rationally, logically, profoundly, critically. We have no illusion that metaphysics can find God, but can a kind of progress be made?
  • Can Metaphysics Discern God II?
    Sunday, December 29
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Metaphysics seeks insights into fundamental features of existence: It does not depend on human emotions or personal testimonies. When metaphysics focuses on God, what happens?
  • Can Metaphysics Discern God II?
    Tuesday, December 31
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Metaphysics seeks insights into fundamental features of existence: It does not depend on human emotions or personal testimonies. When metaphysics focuses on God, what happens?
  • What Is God's Own Being?
    Sunday, January 5
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    To what kind of entity does the word "God" refer? What is this God that all worship or dismiss? What, supposedly, is God's nature? What are God's traits?
  • What Is God's Own Being?
    Tuesday, January 7
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    To what kind of entity does the word "God" refer? What is this God that all worship or dismiss? What, supposedly, is God's nature? What are God's traits?
  • Huston Smith: Tribute to a Religious Visionary
    Sunday, January 12
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Huston Smith, world religion scholar and seeker of the Divine in diverse religions, died on December 30, 2016. We had the privilege of discussing God, spirit, soul, eternal life, judgment, existence.
  • Huston Smith: Tribute to a Religious Visionary
    Tuesday, January 14
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Huston Smith, world religion scholar and seeker of the Divine in diverse religions, died on December 30, 2016. We had the privilege of discussing God, spirit, soul, eternal life, judgment, existence.
  • Observing Physics, Observing Nature?
    Sunday, January 19
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Why is an observer key to quantum physics? Does the act of observation affect what exists and what happens in the external world? Why is Observation in the quantum world a mystery?
  • Observing Physics, Observing Nature?
    Tuesday, January 21
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Why is an observer key to quantum physics? Does the act of observation affect what exists and what happens in the external world? Why is Observation in the quantum world a mystery?
  • Why Philosophy of Physics & Cosmology?
    Sunday, January 26
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The observable universe may contain two trillion galaxies and there may be innumerable universes. Is there ultimate unification, a final theory? Search for deep harmony. Discern deep meaning.
  • Why Philosophy of Physics & Cosmology?
    Tuesday, January 28
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The observable universe may contain two trillion galaxies and there may be innumerable universes. Is there ultimate unification, a final theory? Search for deep harmony. Discern deep meaning.
  • What Exists?
    Sunday, February 2
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Lots of things exist. But what's truly fundamental? The challenge is to discern the minimum number of basic categories that explains the entirety of existence.
  • What Exists?
    Tuesday, February 4
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Lots of things exist. But what's truly fundamental? The challenge is to discern the minimum number of basic categories that explains the entirety of existence.
  • How Did The Universe Begin?
    Sunday, February 9
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    How things start helps reveal what things are. How to conceive the beginning of the universe? What are latest theories? Are they all speculation? What's the recent evidence?
  • How Did The Universe Begin?
    Tuesday, February 11
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    How things start helps reveal what things are. How to conceive the beginning of the universe? What are latest theories? Are they all speculation? What's the recent evidence?
  • Is The Universe Theologically Ambiguous?
    Sunday, February 16
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Scientists split on whether the universe confirms or denies God. Though most leading scientists do not believe in God, some do. What can we learn from the dispute?
  • Is The Universe Theologically Ambiguous?
    Tuesday, February 18
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Scientists split on whether the universe confirms or denies God. Though most leading scientists do not believe in God, some do. What can we learn from the dispute?
  • Science and the Future of Humanity
    Sunday, February 23
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Humankind has learned so much, so fast. What are the risks of scientific knowledge? Look to the future. Artificial intelligence. Genetic engineering. Benefits? Dangers?
  • Science and the Future of Humanity
    Tuesday, February 25
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Humankind has learned so much, so fast. What are the risks of scientific knowledge? Look to the future. Artificial intelligence. Genetic engineering. Benefits? Dangers?

 

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  • How Does Faith Work?
    Tuesday, December 10
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Can God be known only by faith? What is faith? What does faith feel like? Can faith be actionable, practical? Describing faith is one thing; having faith, quite another.
  • How Does Faith Work?
    Sunday, December 8
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Can God be known only by faith? What is faith? What does faith feel like? Can faith be actionable, practical? Describing faith is one thing; having faith, quite another.
  • Is The Anthropic Principle Significant?
    Friday, December 6
    11:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Here's the claim: conditions of the universe relate to the presence of observers. Does the Anthropic Principle convey deep insights? Or thwart science? For sure, it's often misunderstood and controversial.
  • Is The Anthropic Principle Significant?
    Friday, December 6
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Here's the claim: conditions of the universe relate to the presence of observers. Does the Anthropic Principle convey deep insights? Or thwart science? For sure, it's often misunderstood and controversial.
  • Death Disrupted?
    Tuesday, December 3
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Religions offer life after death. Many people are skeptical. Evidence for post-mortem survival? Again, skeptics abound: Can death ever be defeated? Are these possible ways?
  • Death Disrupted?
    Sunday, December 1
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Religions offer life after death. Many people are skeptical. Evidence for post-mortem survival? Again, skeptics abound: Can death ever be defeated? Are these possible ways?
  • What's Fine - Tuning In Physics?
    Friday, November 29
    11:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Why do the "constants of nature" - masses of subatomic particles and strengths of forces like gravity and electromagnetism - have the values they do? Does fine-tuning "cry out" for explanation?
  • What's Fine - Tuning In Physics?
    Friday, November 29
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Why do the "constants of nature" - masses of subatomic particles and strengths of forces like gravity and electromagnetism - have the values they do? Does fine-tuning "cry out" for explanation?
  • Is Consciousness Ultimate Reality?
    Tuesday, November 26
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Some say that consciousness is the only true reality-that everything else, including the universe, comes from consciousness. If so, how would consciousness relate to the world?
  • Is Consciousness Ultimate Reality?
    Sunday, November 24
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Some say that consciousness is the only true reality-that everything else, including the universe, comes from consciousness. If so, how would consciousness relate to the world?
  • What's Fine - Tuning In Cosmology?
    Friday, November 22
    11:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Here's the claim: cosmic conditions that allow complex structures - galaxies, stars, planets, people - depend on a few "constants of nature" lying within tight ranges of values. But is fine-tuning valid?
  • What's Fine - Tuning In Cosmology?
    Friday, November 22
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Here's the claim: cosmic conditions that allow complex structures - galaxies, stars, planets, people - depend on a few "constants of nature" lying within tight ranges of values. But is fine-tuning valid?
  • Can Dualism Explain Consciousness?
    Tuesday, November 19
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Dualism claims reality has two parts, a physical and a nonphysical (mental or spiritual), both equally real. Dualism is believed by most people but rejected by most philosophers and scientists.
  • Can Dualism Explain Consciousness?
    Sunday, November 17
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Dualism claims reality has two parts, a physical and a nonphysical (mental or spiritual), both equally real. Dualism is believed by most people but rejected by most philosophers and scientists.
  • What's Philosophy of Cosmology?
    Friday, November 15
    11:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    We search deepest levels of cosmic reality, the big picture of the puzzle of the universe - beginning, size, structure, future, far future. We seek significance in cosmology, if there's any to be.
  • What's Philosophy of Cosmology?
    Friday, November 15
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    We search deepest levels of cosmic reality, the big picture of the puzzle of the universe - beginning, size, structure, future, far future. We seek significance in cosmology, if there's any to be.
  • What Is Causation?
    Tuesday, November 12
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Why does one thing 'cause' another thing? Is causation fundamental, primitive, real-not reducible to, or explainable by, anything else? Or is causation a human construct, derivative, artificial? At stake is what existence is about.
  • What Is Causation?
    Sunday, November 10
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Why does one thing 'cause' another thing? Is causation fundamental, primitive, real-not reducible to, or explainable by, anything else? Or is causation a human construct, derivative, artificial? At stake is what existence is about.
  • Salvation - A Philosophical Inquiry
    Friday, November 8
    11:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    It's intended as ultimate purpose: salvation means eternal life with God. For believers, what actually happens, what kind of life? For non-believers, what can we learn about how religion works?
  • Salvation - A Philosophical Inquiry
    Friday, November 8
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    It's intended as ultimate purpose: salvation means eternal life with God. For believers, what actually happens, what kind of life? For non-believers, what can we learn about how religion works?
  • Does God Know Everything?
    Tuesday, November 5
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Western religions claim that God is all-knowing. Then the trouble starts. What does it mean to know everything? Is God's knowledge of the future truth? Are 'possibilities' truth? Can God know infinities of truths? Does omniscience test a theistic God?
  • Does God Know Everything?
    Sunday, November 3
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Western religions claim that God is all-knowing. Then the trouble starts. What does it mean to know everything? Is God's knowledge of the future truth? Are 'possibilities' truth? Can God know infinities of truths? Does omniscience test a theistic God?
  • Atonement - A Philosophical Inquiry
    Friday, November 1
    11:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Can atonement absolve sin? For believers, how could The Atonement work? What's the process? For non-believers, what does The Atonement say about the kind of God that supposedly designed it?
  • Atonement - A Philosophical Inquiry
    Friday, November 1
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Can atonement absolve sin? For believers, how could The Atonement work? What's the process? For non-believers, what does The Atonement say about the kind of God that supposedly designed it?