List of Closer to Truth episodes

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Closer to Truth is a continuing television series on PBS[1][2][3][4] & public television originally created, produced and hosted by Robert Lawrence Kuhn. The first premiere series aired in 2000 for 2 seasons, followed by a second series aired in 2003 for a single season.

The current / third series of the program, Closer to Truth: Cosmos. Consciousness. Meaning (God)., launched in 2008, with 14 full seasons to date. Robert Lawrence Kuhn is the creator, executive producer, writer and presenter of the series.[5] Peter Getzels is the co-creator and producer / director.[6][7]

The show is centered on on-camera conversations with leading scientists, philosophers, theologians, and scholars, covering a diverse range of topics or questions from the size and nature of the universe (or multiverse), to the existence and essence of God, to the mystery of consciousness and the notion of free will.[8][9][10]

Episodes[edit]

Series One: "Closer to Truth"[edit]

Season 1 (2000)[edit]

No. in Series No. in Season Episode Title Featured Guest / Contributor
1 1 "What Are the Grand Questions of Science?" Neil deGrasse Tyson, Timothy Ferris, Francisco Ayala, Patricia Smith Churchland, Steven Koonin
2 2 "Will the Internet Change Humanity?" Francis Fukuyama, George Geis, Bart Kosko, Bruce Murray
3 3 "What’s Creativity and Who’s Creative?" Stephen J. Cannell, Ray Kurzweil, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Robert Freeman, John Kao
4 4 "New Communities for the New Millennium" Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bruce Chapman, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Saru Jayaraman, John McWhorter
5 5 "How Did This Universe Begin?" Leon Lederman, Andrei Linde, Wendy Freedman, Nancey Murphy, Frank Tipler
6 6 "Can We See the Near Future--Year 2025?" Edward de Bono, Bart Kosko, Edward Feigenbaum, Graham T. T. Molitor, Bruce Murray
7 7 "What is Consciousness?" James Trefil, David Chalmers, John Searle, Marilyn Schlitz, Fred Alan Wolf
8 8 "Can You Really Extend Your Life?" French Anderson, Sherwin Nuland, Arthur S. De Vany, Gregory Stock, Roy Walford
9 9 "Can ESP Affect Your Life?" James Trefil, Dean Radin, Barry Beyerstein, Marilyn Schlitz, Charles Tart
10 10 "Whatever Happened to Ethics and Civility?" Bruce Chapman, Saru Jayaraman, John McWhorter, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Richard Mouw
11 11 "How Does Technology Transform Thinking?" Francis Fukuyama, Marvin Minsky, Bart Kosko, Bruce Murray, George Kozmetsky
12 12 "Strange Physics of the Mind?" Gregory Benford, James Trefil, David Chalmers, John Searle, Fred Alan Wolf
13 13 "Can Science Seek the Soul?" Warren S. Brown, Dean Radin, Charles Tart, John Searle, Fred Alan Wolf
14 14 "Does Sex Have a Future?" Cliff Penner, Joyce Penner, Paul Abramson, Vern Bullough, Gregory Stock

Season 2 (2000)[edit]

No. in Series No. in Season Episode Title Featured Guest / Contributor
15 1 "Can We Imagine the Far Future—Year 3000?" Edward de Bono, Bart Kosko, Graham T. T. Molitor, Bruce Murray
16 2 "How Do Breakthroughs Change Science?" Neil deGrasse Tyson, Timothy Ferris, Francisco Ayala, Patricia Smith Churchland, Rochel Gelman
17 3 "How Does Creativity Work at Work?" Stephen J. Cannell, Ray Kurzweil, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Robert Freeman, John Kao
18 4 "Do Brains Make Minds?" David Chalmers, John Searle, Marilyn Schlitz, Fred Alan Wolf, Barry Beyerstein
19 5 "Will Gene Therapy Change the Human Race?" Francisco Ayala, French Anderson, Sherwin Nuland, Gregory Stock, Allan Tobin
20 6 "Why are Music and Art So Exhilarating?" Ray Kurzweil, Rhoda Janzen, Todd Boyd, Todd Siler, Robert Freeman
21 7 "Why is Quantum Physics So Beautiful?" Leon Lederman, Andrei Linde, Steve Koonin, Gregory Benford, Charles Buchanan
22 8 "How Did We Think in the Last Millennium?" Edward de Bono, Graham T. T. Molitor, Bruce Murray, Edward Feigenbaum, Sherwin Nuland
23 9 "Who Needs Sex Therapy?" Cliff Penner, Joyce Penner, Sherwin Nuland, Paul Abramson, Vern Bullough
24 10 "Can Technology Transform Society?" Francis Fukuyama, Marvin Minsky, George Kozmetsky, Gregory Benford, Gregory Stock
25 11 "Can You Learn to Be Creative?" Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, John Kao, Todd Siler, Rhoda Janzen
26 12 "What is Parapsychology?" James Trefil, Dean Radin, Barry Beyerstein, Marilyn Schlitz, Charles Tart
27 13 "When Will This Universe End?" Leon Lederman, Wendy Freeman, Andrei Linde, Nancey Murphy, Frank Tipler
28 14 "Will Intelligence Fill This Universe?" Leon Lederman, Franciso Ayala, Bruce Murray, Frank Tipler, Gregory Benford

Series Two: "Closer to Truth: Science, Meaning and the Future"[edit]

Season 1 (2003)[edit]

No. in Series No. in Season Episode Title Featured Guest / Contributor
1 1 "Is Science Fiction Science?" Michael Crichton, David Brin, Octavia Butler
2 2 "Can We Believe in Both Science and Religion?" Nancey Murphy, Muzaffar Iqbal, Michael Shermer
3 3 "How Does the Autistic Brain Work?" Eric Courchesne, Eric Shuman, Terrance Sejnowski, Tito Mukapadhyay, Soma Mukapadhyay, Portia Iversen
4 4 "How Weird is the Cosmos?" David Goodstein, Alan Guth, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Roger Blandford
5 5 "Microbes - Friend or Foe" Agnes Day, Paul Ewald, Alice Huang, Lucy Shapiro
6 6 "How Does Order Arise in the Universe?" Murray Gell-Mann, David Baltimore
7 7 "Why is Music So Significant?" Jeanne Bamberger, Robert Freeman, Mark Jude Tramo
8 8 "Will Computers Take a Quantum Leap?" David DiVincenzo, Seth Lloyd, Birgitta Whaley
9 9 "Does Psychiatry Have a Split Personality?" Nancy Andreasen, Robert Epstein, Peter Loewenberg
10 10 "How Does Basic Science Defend America?" Steven Koonin, Llewellyn “Doc” Dougherty, David Herrelko
11 11 "Who Gets to Validate Alternative Medicine?" Hyla Cass, William Jarvis, Daniel Labriola, Wallace Sampson
12 12 "Is Consciousness Definable?" Joseph Bogen, Christof Koch, Leslie Brothers, Stuart Hameroff
13 13 "Is the Universe Full of Life?" Shri Kulkarni, Bruce Murray, Neil deGrasse Tyson,
14 14 "Can Religion Withstand Technology?" Donald Miller, Muzaffar Iqbal, Michael Shermer
15 15 "Testing New Drugs: Are People Guinea Pigs?" Alexander Capron, Andrea Kovacs, Robert Temple

Series Three: "Closer to Truth: Cosmos. Consciousness. God."[edit]

Season 1 (2008)[edit]

No. in Series No. in Season Episode Title Featured Guest / Contributor
1 1 "Does God Make Sense?" Richard Swinburne, Alvin Plantinga, Daniel Dennett, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Varadaraja V. Raman, Houston Smith, Michael Shermer
2 2 "How Vast is the Cosmos?" Martin Rees, Max Tegmark, Alan Guth, Andrei Linde, Paul Davies
3 3 "Why is Consciousness so Mysterious?" Ven Yifa, Susan Blackmore, Keith Ward, Daniel Dennett, David Chalmers, John Searle, Colin McGinn
4 4 "Did Our Universe have a Beginning?" Wendy Freedman, Alan Guth, George Smoot, Alexander Vilenkin, Martin Rees
5 5 "How are Brains Structured?" Arnold Scheibel, Carmine Clemente, John Schlag, Christof Koch, Michael Merzenich, Rodolfo Llinas
6 6 "Arguing God's Existence" Keith Ward, Owen Gingerich, William Lane Craig, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Alvin Plantinga, Steven Weinberg
7 7 "Why a Fine-Tuned Universe?" John A. Leslie, Steven Weinberg, David Gross, John Polkinghorne, Robin Collins, Paul Davies
8 8 "Do Persons have Souls?" JP Moreland, Nancey Murphy, Richard Swinburne, Daniel Dennett, Peter van Inwagen, Houston Smith
9 9 "Arguing God from Design" Richard Swinburne, Bede Rundle, Steven Weinberg, William Dembski, Francisco Ayala, Michael Shermer, Freeman Dyson
10 10 "Could Our Universe Be a Fake?" David Brin, Nick Bostrom, Ray Kurzweil, Marvin Minsky, Martin Rees
11 11 "Does ESP Reveal the Nonphysical?" Marilyn Schlitz, Charles Tart, Susan Blackmore, Rupert Sheldrake, Dean Radin, Michael Shermer
12 12 "Arguing God from First Cause" William Lane Craig, Quentin Smith, Alister McGrath, David Shatz, Charles Harper, Jr., Peter van Inwagen
13 13 "Can Science Deal With God?" Lawrence Krauss, Francis Collins, Robert John Russell, Ian Barbour, Freeman Dyson, Michio Kaku

Season 2 (2008)[edit]

No. in Series No. in Season Episode Title Featured Guest / Contributor
14 1 "Is There Life After Death?" Stephen Braude, Michael Tooley, JP Moreland, Nancey Murphy, David Shatz, Master Hsing Yun
15 2 "Arguing God from Morality" JP Moreland, Richard Swinburne, Francis Collins, Michael Tooley, Michael Shermer
16 3 "How Many Universes Exist?" Andrei Linde, Alan Guth, Martin Rees, Leonard Susskind, Max Tegmark, Steven Weinberg
17 4 "Can Brain Explain Mind?" Christof Koch, Rodolfo Llinas, Ray Kurzweil, John Searle, David Chalmers
18 5 "What is the Mind-Body Problem?" John Searle, Ned Block, JP Moreland, Marvin Minsky, Colin McGinn
19 6 "Is Time Travel Possible?" Michio Kaku, J. Richard Gott, Kip Thorne, Fred Alan Wolf, Seth Lloyd
20 7 "Did God Create Time?" Brian Leftow, John Polkinghorne, Ernan McMullin, William Lane Craig, Varadaraja V Raman, Robert John Russell
21 8 "Does Evil Disprove God?" Peter van Inwagen, Quentin Smith, Alvin Plantinga, Michael Tooley, Richard Swinburne
22 9 "Why are Black Holes Astonishing?" Kip Thorne, Leonard Susskind, Juan Maldacena, Nima Arkani-Hamed, Lee Smolin
23 10 "What is Free Will?" Peter van Inwagen, John Searle, Daniel Dennett, Alan Leshner, Susan Blackmore, Christof Koch
24 11 "Arguments for Atheism" Michael Tooley, Daniel Dennett, Richard Swinburne, Nancey Murphy,Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
25 12 "How Could God Interact with the World?" Robert John Russell, John Polkinghorne, Paul Davies, Alvin Plantinga, Ernan McMullin
26 13 "What's the Far Future of Intelligence in the Universe?" Freeman Dyson, Lawrence Krauss, Ray Kurzweil, Frank Tipler, Robin Collins, Paul Davies

Season 3 (2009)[edit]

No. in Series No. in Season Episode Title Featured Guest / Contributor
27 1 "How Could God Know the Future?" Russell Stannard, John Polkinghorne, Ernan McMullin, Greg Boyd, William Lane Craig
28 2 "Is the Universe Fine-Tuned for Life and Mind?" Martin Rees, Leonard Susskind, Alexander Vilenkin, Russell Stennard, Roger Penrose
29 3 "How does Beauty Color the Cosmos?" Peter Atkins, Roger Penrose, Stephon Alexander, Fotini Markopoulou, Frank Wilczek, Freeman Dyson
30 4 "What Things Really Exist?" Roger Penrose, Peter van Inwagen, John Searle, William Lane Craig, John Leslie
31 5 "Where are They, All Those Aliens?" Jill Tarter, Doug Vakoch, Frank Drake, Ray Kurzweil, Francisco Ayala, Steven Dick, David Brin
32 6 "Why is There “Something” Rather than “Nothing”?" John Leslie, Peter van Inwagen, Bede Rundle, Quentin Smith, Richard Swinburne, Steven Weinberg
33 7 "Can Many Religions All be True?" Alvin Plantinga, Richard Swinburne, Arthur Hyman, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Ananda Guruge, Varadaraja V Raman
34 8 "Is Consciousness Fundamental?" David Chalmers, John Searle, Marilyn Schlitz, Varadaraja V Raman, Paul Davies, Andrei Linde
35 9 "Is There A Final Theory of Everything?" Steven Weinberg, David Gross, Robert Laughlin, Stephen Wolfram, Frank Wilczek
36 10 "How can Emergence Explain Reality?" Robert Laughlin, Peter Atkins, Francisco Ayala, Stephen Wolfram, Philip Clayton
37 11 "Is This the End Time?" James Tabor, Robert Saucy, Nancey Murphy, Arthur Hyman, Greg Boyd
38 12 "Eternal Life is Like What?" Richard Swinburne, JP Moreland, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Varadaraja V Raman, Houston Smith
39 13 "Do Science & Religion Conflict?" Daniel Dennett, Owen Gingerich, Marvin Minsky, Francisco Ayala, J. Wentzel van Huyssteen, Paul Davies

Season 4 (2009)[edit]

No. in Series No. in Season Episode Title Featured Guest / Contributor
40 1 "Why is Consciousness Baffling?" Charles Tart, Roger Walsh, Ray Kurzweil, Hubert Dreyfus, Alva Noe, Henry Stapp, George Lakoff
41 2 "What is God Like?" Alvin Plantinga, Peter van Inwagen, Neil Gillman, Richard Swinburne, Houston Smith
42 3 "What does an Expanding Universe Mean?" Alan Guth, Paul Steinhardt, Saul Perlmutter, George F. R. Ellis, Andrei Linde
43 4 "Is the Person All Material?" Daniel Dennett, Alvin Plantinga, Peter van Inwagen, John Searle, David Chalmers
44 5 "Arguments Against God?" Susan Blackmore, Peter Atkins, Alvin Plantinga, Steven Weinberg, Richard Swinburne, Michael Shermer
45 6 "Are there Extra Dimensions?" Lawrence Krauss, Michio Kaku, David Gross, Nima Arkani-Hamed, Juan Maldacena, Roger Penrose
46 7 "Would Intelligent Aliens Undermine God?" Steven Dick, Russell Stannard, Paul Davies, Robin Collins, Jill Tarter, Doug Vakoch
47 8 "Did God Create Evil?" Nancey Murphy, Greg Boyd, Mahmoud Ayoub, Varadaraja V Raman, Keith Ward
48 9 "Is Mathematics Invented or Discovered?" Roger Penrose, Mark Balaguer, Gregory Chaitin, Stephen Wolfram, Frank Wilczek
49 10 "Do Angels and Demons Exist?" JP Moreland, Thomas Flint, Dean Radin, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, James Tabor
50 11 "Why the Laws of Nature?" Martin Rees, Steven Weinberg, Freeman Dyson, Peter Atkins, Lee Smolin, Bas van Fraassen
51 12 "What is God's Judgment?" John Polkinghorne, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Varadaraja V Raman, Ven Yifa, Robert John Russell
52 13 "Why the Cosmos?" Owen Gingerich, Ray Kurzweil, Max Tegmark, John Polkinghorne, Steven Dick, Paul Davies

Season 5 (2010)[edit]

No. in Series No. in Season Episode Title Featured Guest / Contributor
53 1 "How Do Human Brains Think and Feel?" Rodolfo Llinas, John Mazziotta, Joseph LeDoux, Michael Merzenich, Eran Zaidel
54 2 "Does a Fine-Tuned Universe Lead to God?" Robin Collins, Victor Stenger, Ernan McMullin, Michio Kaku
55 3 "Wondering About God" Keith Ward, Mahmoud Ayoub, Neil Gillman, Ananda Guruge, John Leslie, William Grassie, J. Wentzel van Huyssteen, Paul Davies, Alvin Plantinga
56 4 "What is the Far Far Future of the Universe?" Martin Rees, Wendy Freedman, Abraham Loeb, Alexander Vilenkin, Robert John Russell
57 5 "Solutions to the Mind-Body Problem?" Ned Block, Dean Zimmerman, Colin McGinn, Charles Tart, Henry Stapp
58 6 "How is God the Creator?" William Lane Craig, John Polkinghorne, Brian Leftow
59 7 "What would Multiple Universes Mean?" Max Tegmark, Anthony Aguirre, Alan Guth, Andrei Linde, Renata Kallosh, Paul Davies
60 8 "What Things are Conscious?" John Searle, Ray Kurzweil, JP Moreland, Marilyn Schlitz, Rupert Sheldrake
61 9 "Can Religion be Explained Without God?" Daniel Dennett, J. Wentzel van Huyssteen, Susan Blackmore, Denis Alexander, Michael Shermer
62 10 "What's Real About Time?" Greg Benford, Kip Thorne, Nima Arkani-Hamed, Lee Smolin
63 11 "How do Persons Maintain Their Identity?" Colin McGinn, Susan Blackmore, Ray Kurzweil, John Polkinghorne, Peter van Inwagen
64 12 "Is God a "Person"?" Thomas Flint, JP Moreland, Neil Gillman, Varadaraja V Raman, Philip Clayton
65 13 "Asking Ultimate Questions" Lawrence Krauss, John Leslie, Max Tegmark, Paul Davies

Season 6 (2010)[edit]

No. in Series No. in Season Episode Title Featured Guest / Contributor
66 1 "Arguing God from Natural Theology?" John Polkinghorne, Victor Stenger, William Dembski, J. Wentzel van Huyssteen, Owen Gingerich
67 2 "What is the Large-Scale Structure of the Universe?" J. Richard Gott, Abraham Loeb, George Smoot, Saul Perlmutter
68 3 "Does ESP Reveal Spirit Existence?" Stephen Braude, Marilyn Schlitz, Dean Radin, Robert Park, Charles Tart
69 4 "Is God All Knowing?" William Lane Craig, John Leslie, Thomas Flint, Robert John Russell
70 5 "Why is the Quantum So Strange?" Wojciech Zurek, Nima Arkani-Hamed, Lee Smolin, Seth Lloyd
71 6 "Can Metaphysics Discover Surprises?" Colin McGinn, Peter van Inwagen, Philip Clayton, George Lakoff, Dean Zimmerman
72 7 "Is God Necessary?" Alvin Plantinga, Peter van Inwagen, Richard Swinburne, Bede Rundle, David Shatz
73 8 "Would Multiple Universes Undermine God?" Victor Stenger, Richard Swinburne, Robin Collins, Russell Stannard
74 9 "Do Human Brains Have Free Will?" John Searle, Rodolfo Llinas, Christof Koch, Eran Zaidel, Roger Walsh, Michael Merzenich, Henry Stapp, Colin McGinn
75 10 "Arguing for Agnosticism?" Mark Vernon, Nick Bostrom, Denis Alexander, Leonard Susskind, John Searle
76 11 "Are Science & Religion at War?" Philip Clayton, William Dembski, Bas van Fraassen, Robert John Russell
77 12 "Why Explore Consciousness and Cosmos?" David Chalmers, Alexander Vilenkin, David Brin, Colin McGinn, Paul Davies
78 13 "A New Heaven & A New Earth?" Nancey Murphy, Arthur Hyman, Robin Collins, John Polkinghorne, Robert John Russell

Season 7 (2011)[edit]

No. in Series No. in Season Episode Title Featured Guest / Contributor
79 1 "How To Think About God's Existence" Philip Clayton, Victor Stenger, Robert John Russell, Michael Shermer, David Shatz, Peter van Inwagen
80 2 "Why is the Universe Breathtaking?" Frank Wilczek, Steven Weinberg, David Finkelstein, Seth Lloyd, Freeman Dyson, Saul Perlmutter
81 3 "What is the Meaning of Consciousness?" Ned Block, Marvin Minsky, Alva Noe, Jaron Lanier, Colin McGinn
82 4 "Arguing God from Miracles & Revelations" William Lane Craig, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Richard Swinburne, Bede Rundle, Francis Collins
83 5 "Marvels of Space-Time" Max Tegmark, J. Richard Gott, Juan Maldacena, Fotini Markopoulou, John Leslie
84 6 "What Makes Brains Conscious?" Arnold Scheibel, John Mazziotta, Christof Koch, Joseph LeDoux, Stephen Chorover
85 7 "Is God Perfect?" Brian Leftow, Richard Swinburne, JP Moreland, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Keith Ward, Philip Clayton
86 8 "What are the Scope and Limits of Science?" Frank Wilczek, J. Richard Gott, Stephen Wolfram, Bas van Fraassen, Owen Gingerich
87 9 "Is Human Consciousness Special?" Marvin Minsky, Roger Walsh, Marilyn Schlitz, Colin McGinn, J. Wentzel van Huyssteen
88 10 "If God Knows the Future, What is Free Will?" Alvin Plantinga, Thomas Flint, Peter van Inwagen, Dean Zimmerman
89 11 "Can Science Talk God?" David Gross, William Dembski, Victor Stenger, Gregory Chaitin, George Smoot
90 12 "Do Persons Survive Death?" Charles Tart, Richard Swinburne, Robert Park, James Tabor, Keith Ward
91 13 "Is Theism Coherent?" Richard Swinburne, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Quentin Smith

Season 8 (2011)[edit]

No. in Series No. in Season Episode Title Featured Guest / Contributor
92 1 "Is Evil Necessary in God’s World?" Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Richard Swinburn, Robin Collins, David Shatz, Robert John Russell
93 2 "What's Beyond Physics?" Lawrence Krauss, Michio Kaku, Rupert Sheldrake, Paul Davies, David Chalmers
94 3 "Can ESP Reveal a New Reality?" Marilyn Schlitz, Dean Radin, Fred Alan Wolf, Michael Tooley, Alan Leshner
95 4 "Arguing God from Consciousness" JP Moreland, Bede Rundle, Richard Swinburne, Quentin Smith, Colin McGinn
96 5 "Does the Cosmos Provide Meaning?" Saul Perlmutter, Roger Penrose, Paul Steinhardt, Martin Rees, Frank Drake
97 6 "What Maintains Personal Identity?" John Searle, Christof Koch, Rodolfo Llinas, Stephen Braude, Michael Tooley
98 7 "Arguing God from Being" Peter van Inwagen, Alister McGrath, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Michael Tooley, Alvin Plantinga
99 8 "Can Science and Theology Find Deep Reality?" Ernan McMullin, Frank Wilczek, Francis Collins, Paul Davies, Bruce Murray
100 9 "What's Wrong with Immortal Souls?" Keith Ward, Neil Gillman, Ananda Guruge, Dean Zimmerman, Philip Clayton
101 10 "Does God have a Nature?" Brian Leftow, Keith Ward, Bede Rundle, David Shatz, Alvin Plantingan
102 11 "Are There Things Not Material?" Colin McGinn, JP Moreland, Ananda Guruge, Marvin Minsky, David Chalmers
103 12 "How Free is God?" Richard Swinburne, Brian Leftow, Peter van Inwagen, Alvin Plantinga, William Lane Craig
104 13 "Immortality and Eternal Life" Russell Stannard, Neil Gillman, Thomas Flint, Robin Collins, Ananda Guruge

Season 9 (2012)[edit]

No. in Series No. in Season Episode Title Featured Guest / Contributor
105 1 "Fallacies in Proving God Exists" Peter Atkins, Victor Stenger, Michael Tooley, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Denis Alexander
106 2 "Is Life and Mind Inevitable in the Universe?" J. Richard Gott, Frank Wilczek, Robert Laughlin, Ray Kurzweil, Robert John Russell, Peter van Inwagen
107 3 "Arguing God with Analytic Philosophy" Richard Swinburne, Philip Clayton, Bede Rundle, Richard Swinburne
108 4 "What Would Alien Intelligences Mean?" Martin Rees, Frank Drake, Lawrence Krauss, Greg Benford, Jaron Lanier
109 5 "What God the Creator Means / How Does a Creator God Work?" Alister McGrath, Keith Ward, William Dembski, Varadaraja V Raman, William Lane Craig, James Tabor
110 6 "Mysteries of Cosmic Inflation" Alexander Vilenkin, Alan Guth, Paul Steinhardt, Andrei Linde, Saul Perlmutter
111 7 "How is God All Powerful?" Brian Leftow, Bede Rundle, John Leslie, Thomas Flint, Greg Boyd
112 8 "Does Metaphysics Reveal Reality?" John Searle, Hubert Dreyfus, Bas van Fraassen, Steven Weinberg, Daniel Dennett, Ned Block
113 9 "Complexity from Simplicity?" Stephen Wolfram, Seth Lloyd, Lee Smolin, Francis Collins, Frank Wilczek
114 10 "Do Humans have Free Will?" Ned Block, David Gross, Stephen Wolfram, Nancey Murphy, JP Moreland, Jaron Lanier
115 11 "What's God About?" Robert John Russell, Philip Clayton, Ian Barbour, John Leslie, Keith Ward
116 12 "Does Consciousness lead to God?" Keith Ward, Susan Blackmore, Varadaraja V Raman, Paul Davies, John Leslie
117 13 "The Mystery of Existence" Michio Kaku, Bede Rundle, John Leslie, Hubert Dreyfus

Season 10 (2012)[edit]

No. in Series No. in Season Episode Title Featured Guest / Contributor
118 1 "Is the Universe Religiously Ambiguous?" Sean Carroll, Bernard Carr, Martin Rees, Chris Isham, J. L. Schellenberg
119 2 "Is Consciousness an Illusion?" Nicholas Humphrey, Julian Baggini, Rebecca Goldstein, Galen Strawson, A. C. Grayling, Raymond Tallis
120 3 "What is God?" John Polkinghorne, John Behr, John Hick, J. L. Schellenberg, Timothy O'Connor
121 4 "Do General Principles Govern All Science?" Geoffrey West, Martin Rees, Stuart Kauffman, Holmes Rolston, David Deutsch
122 5 "Are Brain and Mind the Same Thing?" David Eagleman, Nicholas Humphrey, Richard Swinburne, Raymond Tallis, Robert Stickgold
123 6 "Current Arguments for God" Rebecca Goldstein, Julian Barbour, John Polkinghorne, Robin Collins, A. C. Grayling, Yujin Nagasawa, Alvin Plantinga
124 7 "Why Science and Religion Think Differently" Neils Gregerson, Holmes Rolston, Chris Southgate, Celia Deanne-Drummond, A. C. Grayling
125 8 "What are Dreams About?" Robert Stickgold, Dierdre Barrett, Chris Isham, Patrick McNamara
126 9 "Can God Face Up Evil?" John Hick, Stephen Law, Paul Fiddes, A. C. Grayling, Robert John Russell
127 10 "How Belief Systems Work" Julian Baggini, Stephen Law, Patrick McNamara, Gregory Ganssle, Rebecca Goldstein, Michael Shermer
128 11 "Do Religions Complement or Contradict?" John Hick, Yujin Nagasawam, John Behr, Sarah Coakley, Mahmoud Ayoub
129 12 "Why is Free Will a Mystery?" John Searle, Richard Swinburne, Ned Block, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Al Mele, Thalia Wheatley, Jenann Ismael, Adina Roskies, Tim Bayne, David Hunt, Alvin Plantinga
130 13 "Does Brain Science Abolish Free Will?" Galen Strawson, Al Mele, Christof Koch, Uri Maoz, Richard Swinburne, Colin McGinn

Season 11 (2013)[edit]

No. in Series No. in Season Episode Title Featured Guest / Contributor
131 1 "Time at Sea" Max Tegmark, Huw Price, Dean Rickies, Fotini Markopoulou, Andreas Albrecht, Garrett Lisi, Raphael Bousso, Scott Aaronson, Craig Callender, David Eagleman, David Albert, Julian Barbour, Sean Carroll
132 2 "What is Time?" Huw Price, Julian Barbour, David Albert, Jeff Tollaksen, John Polkinghorne
133 3 "Why Believe in God?" Sarah Coakley, A. C. Grayling, Chris Isham, Michael Shermer
134 4 "Alternative Concepts of God" Yujin Nagasawa, Marcel Sarot, Willem B. Drees, John Bishop, Eric Steinhart, Brian Leftow
135 5 "Pantheism: Is the World God?" Michael Levin, Peter Forrest, John Leslie, J. l. Schellenberg, Richard Swinburne
136 6 "How Do Brains Work?" Christopher Evans, Kelsey Martin, Bob Bilder, Jared Diamond, Rodney Brooks
137 7 "What would an Infinite Cosmos Mean?" Martin Rees, Anthony Aguirre, Raphael Bousso, Sean Carroll, Joshua Knobe
138 8 "What is God’s Eternity?" Paul Davies, Eleonore Stump, Gregory Ganssle, William Lane Craig, Robert Spitzer, Robert John Russell
139 9 "Why is Free Will a Big Question?" Al Mele, Eddy Nahmias, Tim Bayne, Bertram Malle, Joshua Knobe, Roy Baumeister
140 10 "Is Free Will an Illusion?" Daniel Dennett, Al Mele, Patrick Haggard, Thalia Wheatley, Timothy O'Connor, Peter van Inwagen
141 11 "What's in a Resurrection?" Edward Wierenga, Sarah Coakley, John Behr, Arthur Hyman, Timothy O'Connor
142 12 "Does Hell Reveal God?" Edward Wierenga, Richard Swinburne, Paul Fiddes, John Behr, Eleonore Stump
143 13 "Confronting Consciousness" Christof Koch, David Eagleman, Keith Ward, Warren S. Brown, Tim Bayne, Raymond Tallis

Season 12 (2013)[edit]

No. in Series No. in Season Episode Title Featured Guest / Contributor
144 1 "Did the Universe have a Beginning?" Anthony Aguirre, Andreas Albrecht, Rodney Holder, Dirk Evers, Lenonard Mlodinow
145 2 "How Humans Differ from (Other) Animals" Colin Blakemore, Barry Smith, Nicholas Humphrey, Jared Diamond, Justin L. Barrett
146 3 "What would it Feel Like to be God?" Brian Leftow, Keith Ward, John Polkinghorne, Gregory Ganselle, Peter Forrest
147 4 "What's the New Atheism?" Michael Shermer, Alister McGrath, Lawrence Krauss, Keith Ward, A. C. Grayling
148 5 "How does Personal Identity Persist through Time?" Simon Blackburn, Stephen Law, Richard Swinburne, Joseph LeDoux, Bob Bilder, Roger Walsh
149 6 "Can Philosophy of Religion Find God?" Alvin Plantinga, Eleonore Stump, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, David Shatz, Michael Tooley
150 7 "Why Do We Sleep?" Robert Stickgold, Patrick McNamara, Dierdre Barrett, Nicholas Humphrey
151 8 "Does Fine-Tuning Demand Explanation?" Bernard Carr, David Deutsch, Richard Swinburne, Rodney Holder, Chris Isham
152 9 "Why Obsess about Free Will?" Patrick Haggard, Peter Tse, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Alison Gopnik
153 10 "Why Seek an Alternative God?" Robin Le Poidevin, Andrei Buckareff, Peter Forrest, Sarah Coakley
154 11 "Panentheism: Is the World in God?" Philip Clayton, Marcel Sarot, Michael Levin, Yujin Nagasawa, Sarah Coakley, Alister McGrath
155 12 "What is Nothing?" Richard Swinburne, Simon Blackburn, Peter van Inwagen, Steven Weinberg, John Leslie, Timothy O'Connor, Robert Spitzer, Victor Stenger, John Hawthorne
156 13 "Why Anything at All?" John Leslie, Bede Rundle, Max Tegmark, Simon Blackburn, Quentin Smith, Victor Stenger, Peter Forrest, John Leslie, Peter van Inwagen, John Polkinghorne, Richard Swinburne, Paul Davies

Season 13 (2014)[edit]

No. in Series No. in Season Episode Title Featured Guest / Contributor
157 1 “What is Ultimate Reality?” Yujin Nagasawa, David Deutsch, Christof Koch, Julian Baggini, Stephen Law
158 2 “What is Consciousness?” Simon Blackburn, Susan Greenfield, Christof Koch, Bruce Hood, Roy Baumeister
159 3 “Is This God?” Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Brian Leftow, John Cottingham, Paul Fiddes, Alister McGrath
160 4 “Will the Universe Ever End?” Michio Kaku, Max Tegmark, Saul Perlmutter, Alan Guth, Ken Olum
161 5 “Can the Divine Be a Person?” Oliver D. Crisp, John Behr, J. L. Schellenberg, Deepak Chopra, Edward Wierenga
162 6 “Is Death Final?” Greg Boyd, John Hick, Deepak Chopra, Warren S. Brown, Eric Steinhart
163 7 “What Causes Religious Belief?” Colin Blakemore, Thalia Wheatley, Justin L. Barrett, Bruce Hood, Elizabeth Loftus, Warren S. Brown, Jared Diamond, J. L. Schellenberg, Stuart Kauffman
164 8 “What Things Are Real?” John Hawthorne, Chris Isham, Galen Strawson, George Ellis
165 9 “Free Will for Moral Responsibility?” Al Mele, Thalia Wheatley, Patrick Haggard, Roy Baumeister, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
166 10 “What Can We Learn From Alternative Gods?” Willem B. Drees, Yujin Nagasawa, Eric Steinhart, John Bishop, J. L. Schellenberg
167 11 “Why God, Not Nothing?” John Leslie, John Polkinghorne, Peter van Inwagen, Robin Le Poidevin, Robert Spitzer, Menas Kafatos, Deepak Chopra
168 12 “Does God’s Knowledge Ruin Free Will?” Peter van Inwagen, Brian Leftow, Hugh McCann
169 13 "What Limits God’s Freedom?” Brian Leftow, Peter van Inwagen, Dean Zimmerman

Season 14 (2015)[edit]

No. in Series No. in Season Episode Title Featured Guest / Contributor
170 1 “Can the Mind Heal the Body?” Deepak Chopra, Rudolph Tanzil Elissa Epel, Gino Yu, P. Murali Doraiswamy
171 2 “Is God Responsible for Evil” Dean Zimmerman, Holmes Rolston III, Jesse Couenhoven, John Bishop, Keith Ward
172 3 “What is Information” Max Tegmark, Paul Davies, Seth Lloyd, Guilio Tononi, Scott Aaronson
173 4 “Can Design Point to God?” Owen Gingerich, Ernan McMullin, Colin McGinn, Paul Davies
174 5 “What is Truth?” Simon Blackburn, Raymond Tallis, John Hawthorne, John Hick, Michael Shermer
175 6 “Does Information Create the Cosmos?” Seth Lloyd, Sean Carroll, Raphael Bousso, Alan Guth, Christof Koch
176 7 “Why Body in a Resurrection?” Eleonore Stump, Dean Zimmerman, Peter Van Inwagen, Eric Steinhart
177 8 “Must Multiple Universes Exist?” Alexander Vilenkin, Alan Guth, Raphael Bousso, Max Tegmark, Don Page, Paul Davies
178 9 “Toward a Science of Consciousness?” Stuart Hameroff, David Chalmers, John Searle, Daniel Dennett, Deepak Chopra, Susan Blackmore, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
179 10 “Big Questions in Free Will Part 1” Al Mele, Galen Strawson, John Searle, Peter Van Inwagen, Christof Koch, Uri Maoz, Walter Sinnot-Armstrong, Thalia Wheatley, Peter Tse
180 11 “Big Questions in Free Will Part 2” Bertram Malle, Eddy Nahmias, Roy Baumeister, Patrick Haggard, Adina Roskies, Walter Sinnot-Armstrong, Al Mele
181 12 “Can Free Will Survive God's Foreknowledge?” Dean Zimmerman, David Hunt, Katherin Rogers, Jesse Couenhoven
182 13 "How Can God Not Be Free?” Michael Almeida, Hugh McCann, Matthews Grant, David Hunt

Season 15 (2015)[edit]

No. in Series No. in Season Episode Title Featured Guest / Contributor
183 1 “Does the Cosmos have a Reason?” Michio Kaku, Alan Guth, Jill Tarter, Douglas Vakoch, Russell Stannard, Frank Wilczeck
184 2 “Can the Cosmos have a Reason?” Alexander Vilenkin, John Polkinghorne, Michael Shermer, Stephen Wolfram, Stuart Kauffman
185 3 “Implications of Cosmology” Alan Guth, Andrei Linde, George F. Smoot III, Robert Spitzer, Jill Tarter, Douglas Vakoch
186 4 “What Is It About God?” Peter Van Inwagen, Timothy O'Connor, Keith Ward, John Polkinghorne, Hugh McCann, John Leslie, Robin LePoidevin, Christopher Knight, Robert John Russell
187 5 “Speculating About God?” Peter Forrest, Hubert L. Dreyfus, Neil N. Gillman, Subhash Kak, J. L. Schellenberg, Michael Tooley
188 6 “How Could God Intervene in the Universe?” Niels Henrik Gregerson, Dirk Evers, Christopher Southgate, David Shatz, Andrei Buckareff, Edward Wierenga
189 7 “What Could ESP Mean?” Charles T. Tart, Dean Radin, Bruce Hood, John Hick, Susan Blackmore
190 8 “How Could ESP Work?” Brian Josephson, Lawrence M. Krauss, Michael Shermer, Charles T. Tart, Dean Radin
191 9 “How to Argue for God?” Alister McGrath, Russell Stannard, Mahmoud M. Ayoub, Timothy O'Connor, Steven Weinberg
192 10 “Does God Know Everything?” Edward Wierenga, Peter van Inwagen, Brian Leftow, David Hunt, Yujin Nagasawa
193 11 “What is Causation?” Simon Blackburn, Richard Swinburne, Robin Le Poidevin, Huw Price, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
194 12 “Does Dualism Explain Consciousness?” Yujin Nagasawa, Richard Swinburne, Jaron Lanier, Bede Rundle, Peter Forrest
195 13 "Is Consciousness Ultimate Reality?” Deepak Chopra, Donald Hoffman, Neil Theise, Fred Alan Wolf, Frank J. Tipler, Charles T. Tart

Season 16 (2016)[edit]

No. in Series No. in Season Episode Title[11] Featured Guest / Contributor
196 1 "When Brains Go Bad?” Barry Smith, Donald D. Hoffman, Susan Greenfield, Christopher Evans, Deirdre Barrett
197 2 "What Is the Doomsday Argument?” John Leslie, J. Richard Gott III, Nick Bostrom, Martin Rees
198 3 "How Could God Make Miracles?” Paul Fiddes, Hugh McCann, William A. Dembski, Rodney Holder, Keith Ward
199 4 "How Do Consciousness and Language Relate?” John Searle, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Ned Block, Barry Smith, Colin Blakemore
200 5 "Can God and Science Mix?” Willem B. Drees, J. Richard Gott III, David Finkelstein, Rodolfo Llinás, Don Page
201 6 "Religious Faith: Rational or Rationalization?” John Cottingham, John Bishop, Julian Baggini, Jeff Schloss
202 7 "Can Brain Alone Explain Consciousness?” John Searle, David Chalmers
203 8 "Can Enlarged Materialism Explain Consciousness?” Colin McGinn, Dean Radin, Anirban Bandyopadhyay, Ken Mogi
204 9 "Does Consciousness Defeat Materialism Ned Block, Rodney Brooks, Marilyn Schlitz, William A. Dembski, Eric Schwitzgebel
205 10 "Fallacies in Arguing for God?” Francis S. Collins, Francisco J. Ayala, Richard Swinburne, J. L. Schellenberg, Michael Shermer
206 11 "What Is Philosophy of Science?” Simon Blackburn, John Hawthorne, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, John Searle, Daniel Dennett
207 12 "Does Philosophy Help Science?” Steven Weinberg, Paul Davies, Colin Blakemore, Scott Aaronson
208 13 "A Tribute to Marvin Minsky Marvin Minsky

Season 17 (2017)[edit]

No. in Series No. in Season Episode Title[11] Featured Guest / Contributor
209 1 "Death Disrupted?” Julian Baggini, Max More, Sam Parnia, J. L. Schellenberg
210 2 "How Does Faith Work?” Alister McGrath, Gregory Ganselle, J. L. Schellenberg, Edward Wierenga
211 3 "How the Subconscious Affects Us” David Eagleman, Elizabeth Loftus, Nicholas Humphrey, Patrick McNamara, Julia Mossbridge
212 4 "Can Metaphysics Discern God I?” Brian Leftow, John Hawthorne, Robert Spitzer, John Cottingham, Timothy O'Connor
213 5 "Can Metaphysics Discern God II?” Richard Swinburne, Yujin Nagasawa, Michael J. Almeida, J. L. Schellenberg, Peter Van Inwagen
214 6 "What Is God's Own Being?” Richard Swinburne, Robert Spitzer, Varadaraja V. Raman, Neil Gillman
215 7 "Huston Smith: Tribute to a Religious Visionary” Huston Smith
216 8 "Observing Physics, Observing Nature?” Max Tegmark, Anthony Aguirre, David Wallace, Sean M. Carroll, Seth Lloyd, David Chalmers, Paul Davies, Alan Guth, Bernard Carr
217 9 "Why Philosophy of Physics & Cosmology?” David Wallace, Sean M. Carroll, James Hartle, Carlo Rovelli
218 10 "What Exists?” Sean M. Carroll, David Wallace, David Chalmers, Don Page
219 11 "How Did the Universe Begin?” Alan Guth, Andreas Albrecht, Laura Mersini-Houghton, Don Page, James Hartle
220 12 "Is the Universe Theologically Ambiguous?” Andrew Briggs, Carlo Rovelli, Don Page, Paul Davies
221 13 "Science and the Future of Humanity” Max Tegmark, Seth Lloyd, Anthony Aguirre, Paul Davies

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