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A Conversation between Robert Lawrence Kuhn and Àlex Gómez-Marín
Wednesday January 31
9:00am PST | 12:00pm EST | 5:00pm GMT | 6:00pm CET
This event is LIVE and FREE. All registered participants will receive the RECORDING.
A monthly virtual encounter to reckon whence and whither humanity.
The conversation will explore “a landscape of consciousness”, toward a taxonomy of explanations and implications.
Following an hour-long lively and spontaneous dialogue between Alex and his guest, the session will be open to questions from the audience.
Throughout 2022 Àlex initiated The Future Scientist conversation series, a monthly virtual encounter to understand where science is going and to reimagine where we hope it might go.
Maintaining the spirit and the format intact, in 2023 the series expanded its scope and morphed into The Future Human as a natural continuation of the quest to reckon whence and whither humanity.
Now, in 2024, Àlex will continue to curate and host such conversations to address The Future Mind, seeking to gain clarity and insight into important contemporary matters that require both urgent action as well as deep reflection.
Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn is a public intellectual; he is the creator, writer, host and executive producer of Closer To Truth, the long-running PBS/public television series and leading global resource on Cosmos (cosmology/physics, philosophy of science), Consciousness (brain/mind, philosophy of mind), Life (philosophy of biology), and Meaning (theism/atheism/agnosticism, global philosophy of religion, critical thinking). See the Closer To Truth web resource (www.closertotruth.com), Closer To Truth YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/@CloserToTruthTV), and List of Closer To Truth episodes(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Closer_to_Truth_episodes).
Dr. Kuhn has written or edited over 30 books, including The Mystery of Existence: Why is there Anything At All? (with John Leslie); Closer To Truth: Challenging Current Belief; Closer To Truth: Science, Meaning and the Future; The Library of Investment Banking; How China’s Leaders Think (featuring President Xi Jinping); The Man Who Changed China: The Life and Legacy of Jiang Zemin (China’s best-selling book in 2005 and in December 2022); “The Origin and Significance of Zero: An Interdisciplinary Perspective” (with Peter Gobets); and Xi Jinping’s New-Era China: The Inside Story (2024).
An international corporate strategist and investment banker, Dr. Kuhn is a recipient of the China Reform Friendship Medal, China’s highest award for 10 foreigners who contributed to China’s reform and opening up over four decades; only five are living; Dr. Kuhn is one of two Americans. He is a frequent commentator in the international media (BBC, CNN, etc.) and Chinese media.
Dr. Kuhn is chairman of The Kuhn Foundation. He has a BA in Human Biology (Johns Hopkins), PhD in Anatomy/Brain Research (UCLA), and SM (MBA) in Management (MIT).
Àlex Gómez-Marín is a Spanish physicist turned neuroscientist. He holds a PhD in theoretical physics and a Masters in biophysics from the University of Barcelona. He was a research fellow at the EMBL-CRG Centre for Genomic Regulation and at the Champalimaud Center for the Unknown in Lisbon. His research spans from the origins of the arrow of time to the neurobiology of action-perception across species, from flies and worms to mice and humans. Since 2016 he has been the head of the Behavior of Organisms Laboratory at the Instituto de Neurociencias in Alicante, where he is an Associate Professor of the Spanish Research Council. Combining computational biology and continental philosophy, his current research concentrates on consciousness in the real world.