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CONTRIBUTORS Paul R. Abramson W. French Anderson Francisco Ayala Gregory Benford Barry Beyerstein Edward de Bono Todd Boyd Warren S. Brown Charles Buchanan Vern Bullough Stephen J. Cannell David J. Chalmers Bruce Chapman Patricia Smith Churchland Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Arthur S. De Vany Edward Feigenbaum Timothy Ferris Wendy Freedman Robert Freeman Francis Fukuyama George Geis Rochel Gelman Barbara Marx Hubbard Rhoda Janzen Saru Jayaraman John Kao Steven Koonin Bart Kosko George Kozmetsky Ray Kurzweil Leon Lederman Andrei Linde John H. McWhorter Marvin Minsky Graham T. Molitor Richard Mouw Nancey C. Murphy Bruce C. Murray Sherwin Nuland Clifford Penner Joyce Penner Dean I. Radin Marilyn Schlitz John R. Searle Todd Siler Brian Skyrms Gregory Stock Charles Tart Frank J. Tipler Allan J. Tobin James Trefil Neil de Grasse Tyson Roy Walford Fred Alan Wolf
From the Back Cover
An insatiable desire to fathom the workings of the natural world and the meaning of existence is as fundamental to our species as walking upright or having the capacity to love. Yet, throughout most of human history, only a select handful of people in each generation had the ability and good fortune to participate in the grand discourses of philosophy and science.
Closer to Truth harnesses the intellectual energy of more than fifty of today's most influential minds to offer an exciting, in-depth exploration of today's most important trends in science, philosophy, and human understanding. Over the course of twenty-eight lively roundtable discussions, these scientists, philosophers, and visionaries share their intriguing insights on a vast array of timely intellectual issues ranging from consciousness to cosmology, sexuality to soul, evolution to education. No other source brings you inside the major debates now raging within lecture halls and research labs around the world with such immediacy or candor. Nor does any feature such an impressive roster of contributors.
In orchestrating Closer to Truthboth the public television series and the bookDr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn has assembled a veritable Who's Who in the world of ideas, from the mainstream to the avant-garde, all brought together in electric combinations that spark with light and heat. In so doing, he has provided us with an unparalleled opportunity to watch these intellectual all-stars in action and discover where each stands on many of today's most controversial "knowledge" issues, including the workings of the brain and mind, genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, longevity, sex and gender, the beginnings and endings of the universe, the nature of consciousness, and the beauty of quantum physics.
Closer to Truth is pioneering a new genre of media called "Knowledge Affairs," and is the program of record for new knowledge. While this book does not claim to provide ultimate answers to the great questions, by affording a unique opportunity to sample from the "competitive marketplace of ideas," it will bring you Closer to Truth.