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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  
  • Can The Brain Explain Art?
    Sunday, July 19
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    What is happening in our brains when we perceive and appreciate the arts? What are the neural substrates of artistic sensations, feelings and emotions? How do diverse arts affect the brain?
  • Can The Brain Explain Art?
    Tuesday, July 21
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    What is happening in our brains when we perceive and appreciate the arts? What are the neural substrates of artistic sensations, feelings and emotions? How do diverse arts affect the brain?
  • Can Art Clarify The Mind-Body Problem?
    Sunday, July 26
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
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  • Can Art Clarify The Mind-Body Problem?
    Tuesday, July 28
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
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  • Can Art Engage Philosophy of Religion?
    Sunday, August 2
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Can art inform topics in philosophy of religion? Can the existence and varieties of art address or affect theological questions about God, faith, belief, worship?
  • Can Art Engage Philosophy of Religion?
    Tuesday, August 4
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Can art inform topics in philosophy of religion? Can the existence and varieties of art address or affect theological questions about God, faith, belief, worship?
  • Can Art Reveal God's Traits?
    Sunday, August 9
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    If God is the creator of human beings and art reflects human sentience, then can examining the arts discern reflections of God? Can one infer from various aspects of art various traits of God?
  • Can Art Reveal God's Traits?
    Tuesday, August 11
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    If God is the creator of human beings and art reflects human sentience, then can examining the arts discern reflections of God? Can one infer from various aspects of art various traits of God?
  • Can Art and Knowledge Enhance Each Other?
    Sunday, August 16
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Can art go beyond the pleasures of experience to convey knowledge or even understanding? If so, what could be the kinds of knowledge or understanding made manifest by art? Conversely, can epistemology help discern art?
  • Can Art and Knowledge Enhance Each Other?
    Tuesday, August 18
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Can art go beyond the pleasures of experience to convey knowledge or even understanding? If so, what could be the kinds of knowledge or understanding made manifest by art? Conversely, can epistemology help discern art?
  • Did Art and Religion Co-Evolve?
    Sunday, August 23
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Did art and religion co-evolve in parallel as archeology and anthropology suggest, and if so, what would be the significance? What do art and religion have in common that could enable their common, co-temporal development?
  • Did Art and Religion Co-Evolve?
    Tuesday, August 25
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Did art and religion co-evolve in parallel as archeology and anthropology suggest, and if so, what would be the significance? What do art and religion have in common that could enable their common, co-temporal development?
  • Can Art Probe Creativity?
    Sunday, August 30
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Creativity generates art. How to discern the creative process in order to inform the nature of art? Conversely, how to discern art in order to inform the nature of the creative process?
  • Can Art Probe Creativity?
    Tuesday, September 1
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Creativity generates art. How to discern the creative process in order to inform the nature of art? Conversely, how to discern art in order to inform the nature of the creative process?
  • Art Seeking Understanding II: Meaning
    Sunday, September 6
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Art brings pleasure, but is art also more? Can the arts be sources of understanding? What is art's potential? Will art become a subset of science? Or can art see what science cannot? Where can art take us?
  • Art Seeking Understanding II: Meaning
    Tuesday, September 8
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Art brings pleasure, but is art also more? Can the arts be sources of understanding? What is art's potential? Will art become a subset of science? Or can art see what science cannot? Where can art take us?

 

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  • Why Philosophy of Art?
    Tuesday, July 14
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    What is the nature of art? What makes something "art", and why should we value it? What is aesthetics and art theory? Can philosophy of art enhance appreciation and practice of the arts?
  • Why Philosophy of Art?
    Sunday, July 12
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    What is the nature of art? What makes something "art", and why should we value it? What is aesthetics and art theory? Can philosophy of art enhance appreciation and practice of the arts?
  • Is The Multiverse Real?
    Friday, July 10
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    What could be more startling than many universes - multiple universes, innumerable universes, perhaps an infinite number of universes? But does the multiverse really exist?
  • Art Seeking Understanding I: Foundations
    Tuesday, July 7
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Art delights us, but how so and why? Can art be modes of discovery and creation that enhance understanding? Explore art's relationship with cognitive science, philosophy, neuroscience, history, theology and religion.
  • Art Seeking Understanding I: Foundations
    Sunday, July 5
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Art delights us, but how so and why? Can art be modes of discovery and creation that enhance understanding? Explore art's relationship with cognitive science, philosophy, neuroscience, history, theology and religion.
  • Art Seeking Understanding II: Meaning
    Friday, July 3
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Art brings pleasure, but is art also more? Can the arts be sources of understanding? What is art's potential? Will art become a subset of science? Or can art see what science cannot? Where can art take us?
  • How Does Personal Identity Persist Through Time?
    Tuesday, June 30
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Is the self an illusion? Decades roll by; every molecule of my body changes many times over. Yet I sense myself the same. Not just continuity, but unity.
  • How Does Personal Identity Persist Through Time?
    Sunday, June 28
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Is the self an illusion? Decades roll by; every molecule of my body changes many times over. Yet I sense myself the same. Not just continuity, but unity.
  • Can Art Probe Creativity?
    Friday, June 26
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Creativity generates art. How to discern the creative process in order to inform the nature of art? Conversely, how to discern art in order to inform the nature of the creative process?
  • What's The New Atheism?
    Tuesday, June 23
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    I hope God exists, which is why I listen to atheists and follow their arguments. If hope trumps reason I may be entombed in false belief.
  • What's The New Atheism?
    Sunday, June 21
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    I hope God exists, which is why I listen to atheists and follow their arguments. If hope trumps reason I may be entombed in false belief.
  • Did Art and Religion Co-Evolve?
    Friday, June 19
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Did art and religion co-evolve in parallel as archeology and anthropology suggest, and if so, what would be the significance? What do art and religion have in common that could enable their common, co-temporal development?
  • What Would It Feel Like to Be God?
    Tuesday, June 16
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    God is said to be all-powerful, all-knowing, all-good. But what is God's private mental life? Is this asking too much, going too far?
  • What Would It Feel Like to Be God?
    Sunday, June 14
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    God is said to be all-powerful, all-knowing, all-good. But what is God's private mental life? Is this asking too much, going too far?
  • Can Art and Knowledge Enhance Each Other?
    Friday, June 12
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Can art go beyond the pleasures of experience to convey knowledge or even understanding? If so, what could be the kinds of knowledge or understanding made manifest by art? Conversely, can epistemology help discern art?
  • How Do Humans Differ from Other Animals?
    Tuesday, June 9
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Physically, humans and animals seem similar. Mentally, humans seem so superior. What's so special about human nature?
  • How Do Humans Differ from Other Animals?
    Sunday, June 7
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Physically, humans and animals seem similar. Mentally, humans seem so superior. What's so special about human nature?
  • Can Art Reveal God's Traits?
    Friday, June 5
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    If God is the creator of human beings and art reflects human sentience, then can examining the arts discern reflections of God? Can one infer from various aspects of art various traits of God?
  • Did The Universe Have A Beginning?
    Tuesday, June 2
    5:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Some scientists claim that the universe did not have a beginning. Some theologians contend that the universe did not need a beginning.