“The vision of the brain as a computer, which I still champion, is changing so fast. The brain’s a computer, but it’s so different from any computer that you’re used to. It’s not like your desktop or your laptop at all, and it’s not like your iPhone except in some ways. It’s a much more […]

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Several objections to the Somatic Approach to Personal Identity.

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Happy Halloween Skeptics! Here’s a run down of many of the thought experiments we’ve done this month as well as two bonus thought experiments: Philosophical Zombies and Swampman!

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A short description of the Brain in a Vat thought experiment.

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A Ninety Second Philosophy explanation of the skeptical scenario offered in the movie The Matrix (Thought Experiment Month).

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A description of Paul and Patricia Churchland’s Luminous Room Thought Experiment, in response to John Searle’s Chinese Room (90 Second Philosophy). Interested in technology and consciousness? Check out the first play in this book: http://www.amazon.com/lol-other-modern-devised-plays/dp/1484144457

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A description of the Brain Simulator response to The Chinese Room and Searle’s Water Pipes Response (90 Second Philosophy). Interested in technology and consciousness? Check out the first play in this book: http://www.amazon.com/lol-other-modern-devised-plays/dp/1484144457

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Peter Tse gives a talk on how neuronal code underlies top-down mental causation. “Among the grandest of philosophical puzzles is a riddle about moral responsibility. Almost all of us believe that each one of us is, has been, or will be responsible for at least some of our behavior. But how can this be so […]

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V.S. Ramachandran and Beau Lotto discuss the nature of perception, the brain, our lived experience of the world, and how it relates to being human.

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Philip Goff and David Papineau discuss consciousness and whether it’s at bottom something physical or material. Goff rejects physicalism/materialism, Papineau accepts it. In this discussion, they examine the arguments on each side. They consider the causal exclusion argument for physicalism, the much-discussed “knowledge argument” against physicalism, conceptual dualism, explore Goff’s own reasons for rejecting physicalism, […]

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