1 Froth on Reality: The Mind-Body Problem (John Searle)


In the first talk of his series ‘Minds, Brains and Science’, John Searle examines the so-called ‘mind body problem’. Searle uses this paradox of the conscious mind verses the scientific brain to explore our understanding of the world. Professor Searle considers how humans think of themselves as cognisant, free, rational beings but science tells us we are a chance occurrence, created in a world that consists entirely of mindless physical particles. From this viewpoint Professor Searle explores the question how can an essentially meaningless world contain meaning?

This talk was part of the Reith Lectures given by John Searle, American philosopher and Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. The rest of the talks from this series can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBHxLhKiPKxBg93nx9e1HpQMN93Rm6TRR
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