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Join Pulitzer-Prize-winning, bestselling author Jared Diamond in asking some of the biggest questions of our existence.

Do you create your own destiny? Or do you merely play whatever hand the universe has dealt you? This provocative audieries will stimulate your mind by raising these and other timeless questions about free will and determinism. As you analyze these competing philosophies, you will find that every answer raises fascinating new questions about morality, fate, consciousness, and the existence of a higher power.

In this masterful audio series, host Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn welcomes a total of 13 guest experts to discuss free will, identity, and the possibility of the afterlife. Each episode is crafted as a series of one-on-one interviews.

Kuhn’s interlocutors include Jared Diamond, Peter van Inwagen, and Daniel Clement Dennett III. A Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of field-spanning books on human societies, Diamond is a professor of geography at UCLA. Meanwhile, Notre Dame philosophy professor van Inwagen is a leading figure in contemporary metaphysics, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of action. Dennett, a philosophy professor and cognitive scientist, is director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University.

Recent neuroscientific discoveries have fanned the flames of the free will debate. The implications of this debate are far-reaching and potentially paradigm-shifting. Explore its vital questions with the world’s greatest minds.

Note: Lectures 1 and 3—“Is Free Will an Illusion?” and “Why Is Free Will a Mystery?”—were funded in part by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

What Is Human Nature? Surprising Insights into Free Will, Personal Identity, and Existence Learn25 Podcasts

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Join Pulitzer-Prize-winning, bestselling author Jared Diamond in asking some of the biggest questions of our existence.

Do you create your own destiny? Or do you merely play whatever hand the universe has dealt you? This provocative audieries will stimulate your mind by raising these and other timeless questions about free will and determinism. As you analyze these competing philosophies, you will find that every answer raises fascinating new questions about morality, fate, consciousness, and the existence of a higher power.

In this masterful audio series, host Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn welcomes a total of 13 guest experts to discuss free will, identity, and the possibility of the afterlife. Each episode is crafted as a series of one-on-one interviews.

Kuhn’s interlocutors include Jared Diamond, Peter van Inwagen, and Daniel Clement Dennett III. A Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of field-spanning books on human societies, Diamond is a professor of geography at UCLA. Meanwhile, Notre Dame philosophy professor van Inwagen is a leading figure in contemporary metaphysics, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of action. Dennett, a philosophy professor and cognitive scientist, is director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University.

Recent neuroscientific discoveries have fanned the flames of the free will debate. The implications of this debate are far-reaching and potentially paradigm-shifting. Explore its vital questions with the world’s greatest minds.

Note: Lectures 1 and 3—“Is Free Will an Illusion?” and “Why Is Free Will a Mystery?”—were funded in part by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    What is Free Will?

    What is Free Will?

    Episode 1 of the 13-part podcast What is Human Nature, published by Learn25.

    Is Free Will an Illusion?

    Is Free Will an Illusion?

    Episode 2 of the 13-part podcast What is Human Nature, published by Learn25.

    Why is Free Will a Mystery?

    Why is Free Will a Mystery?

    Episode 3 of the 13-part podcast What is Human Nature, published by Learn25.

    Does Brain Science Abolish Free Will?

    Does Brain Science Abolish Free Will?

    Episode 4 of the 13-part podcast What is Human Nature, published by Learn25.

    Why Obsess about Free Will?

    Why Obsess about Free Will?

    Episode 5 of the 13-part podcast What is Human Nature, published by Learn25.

    Free Will for Moral Responsibility?

    Free Will for Moral Responsibility?

    Episode 6 of the 13-part podcast What is Human Nature, published by Learn25.

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