Closer to Truth is a television series on public television[2][3][4][5] originally created, produced and hosted by Robert Lawrence Kuhn. The original series aired in 2000 for two seasons, followed by a second series aired in 2003 for a single season. The third series of the program, Closer to Truth: Cosmos. Consciousness. God, launched in 2008, with 15 full seasons to date. Closer to Truth has had over 150,000 station broadcasts.

Closer to Truth: Cosmos. Consciousness. Meaning (God).
Created byRobert Lawrence Kuhn
Written byRobert Lawrence Kuhn
Directed byPeter Getzels
Presented byRobert Lawrence Kuhn
Theme music composerJoseph Schwantner
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons16
No. of episodes201 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Robert Lawrence Kuhn
Producer(s)Peter Getzels
Production company(s)The Kuhn Foundation, in association with Getzels Gordon Productions
DistributorExecutive Program Services[1]
Original networkSyndication
Original release2000 (2000) –
External links
Closer to Truth Website

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 cause, size and nature of the universe (or multiverse), to the mystery of consciousness and the notion of free will, to the existence and essence of God, to the mystery of existence (i.e., why there is anything at all).[6][7][8]

The Closer to Truth website features extensive conversations in addition to those that have been broadcast on TV (approximately 4,000 videos).[9] It is the world's largest archive of video interviews with leading experts in the philosophy of cosmology and physics, consciousness, and the philosophy of religion.

Robert Lawrence Kuhn is the creator, executive producer, writer and presenter of the series.[10] Peter Getzels is the co-creator, producer and director.[11][12]


Content focusEdit


Many well known intellectuals have been featured on Closer to Truth. They include: Scott Aaronson, David Albert, Andreas Albrecht, Peter Atkins, Francisco Ayala, Julian Baggini, David Baltimore, Simon Blackburn, Susan Blackmore, Colin Blakemore, Nick Bostrom, Raphael Bousso, Rodney Brooks, Sean Carroll, Sarah Coakley, Gregory Chaitin, David Chalmers, Deepak Chopra, Francis Collins, Robin Collins, William Lane Craig, Michael Crichton, Paul Davies,[13] William Dembski, Daniel Dennett, David Deutsch, Frank Drake, Willem Drees, Freeman Dyson,[14] David Eagleman, George Ellis, Wendy Freedman, Murray Gell-Mann, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Alison Gopnik, A.C. Grayling, Susan Greenfield, Niels Gregersen, David Gross, Alan Guth[15] Stuart Hameroff, John Hawthorne, John Hick, Donald Hoffman, Nicholas Humphrey, Chris Isham, Brian Josephson, Subhash Kak,[16] Michio Kaku, Stuart Kauffman, Christof Koch,[17] Steven Koonin, Lawrence Krauss, Ray Kurzweil,[18] Robert Laughlin, Stephen Law, Brian Leftow, John Leslie, Andrei Linde,[19] Rodolfo Llinas, Seth Lloyd, Elizabeth Loftus, Juan Maldacena, Hugh McCann, Colin McGinn, Alister McGrath, Ernan McMullin, Alfred Mele, Marvin Minsky, J.P. Moreland, Nancey Murphy, Yujin Nagasawa, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Timothy O'Connor, Don Page, Roger Penrose, Alvin Plantinga,[20] John Polkinghorne, Huw Price, Martin Rees, John Searle,[21] Michael Shermer, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Huston Smith, Quentin Smith, Lee Smolin, Robert Spitzer, Paul Steinhardt, Galen Strawson, Eleonore Stump,[22] Leonard Susskind, Richard Swinburne,[7] Raymond Tallis, Max Tegmark,[23] Kip Thorne, Giulio Tononi, Michael Tooley, Peter van Inwagen,[24] Alexander Vilenkin, Keith Ward, Steven Weinberg, Geoffrey West, Frank Wilczek, and Stephen Wolfram.



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  15. ^ "What Does an Expanding Universe Mean?". Science and Religion Today. 2010-02-24. Retrieved 2014-06-17.
  16. ^ "Subhash Kak". Closer to Truth. Retrieved 2014-06-17.
  17. ^ "Christof Koch". PsychLectures. Retrieved 2014-06-17.
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  19. ^ "Just How Vast is the Cosmos? | The BioLogos Forum". 2009-06-26. Archived from the original on 2014-05-08. Retrieved 2014-06-17.
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  23. ^ "The Universes of Max Tegmark". Retrieved 2014-06-17.
  24. ^ Logan, Ian (2009-11-10). "The Saint Anselm Blog: Closer to Truth, except in the case of Anselm". Retrieved 2014-06-17.

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