PLENARY SPEAKER

 

ROBERT LAWRENCE KUHN

Creator/Host, Closer To Truth

 

 

Robert Lawrence Kuhn is the creator, writer, host and executive producer of Closer To Truth, the PBS/public television series on cosmos, consciousness and meaning (God / philosophy of religion) that presents leading scientists, philosophers and creative thinkers discussing fundamental questions (www.closertotruth.com). Dr. Kuhn has published 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; How China’s Leaders Think (featuring President Xi Jinping); and The Man Who Changed China: The Life and Legacy of Jiang Zemin (the first biography of a living Chinese leader published in China and China’s best-selling book in 2005).

 

His articles include "Why This Universe," “Levels of Nothing,” and “Virtual Immortality” (Skeptic magazine) and “Science as Democratizer” (American Scientist). He is a featured “Expert Voice” on Space.com (www.Space.com) (multimedia essays on “Confronting the Multiverse: What Infinitely Universes would Mean”, “Testing the Multiverse: Beyond the Limits of Science?”, "Forget Space-Time: Information May Create the Cosmos", "The Illusion of Time: What's Real?", "Is Our Universe a Fake?") and on LiveScience.com (www.livescience.com) (“The Singularity, Virtual Immortality and the Trouble with Consciousness”, “Is Your ‘Self’ Just an Illusion?”, “Can Your ‘Self’ Survive Death?”).

 

Robert Lawrence Kuhn is a commentator on China for the BBC, CNN, CCTV, Bloomberg, and a featured columnist in the South China Morning Post and China Daily. He spoke at the launch of President Xi Jinping’s book, The Governance of China. He is the creator, executive producer and host of the Emmy (LA) award-winning China’s Challenges series, broadcast on PBS stations and in China, and Closer to China with R.L.Kuhn on CCTV News (China politics, economics, society - http://cctv.cntv.cn/lm/closertochina/). He is an international corporate strategist and investment banker. He has a BA in Human Biology (Johns Hopkins), SM (MBA) in Management (MIT), and PhD in Anatomy/Brain Research (UCLA).