Consciousness and Demystification





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Published on Feb 18, 2009

This clip opens with the voice of David Chalmers describing the lack of consensus among philosophers of mind on just how we should define "consciousness." Then, John Searle describes the recent increased interest in the science of consciousness, and how it is no longer viewed as an area only to be studied by mystics. Christoph Koch follows this by briefly describing the "Hard Problem of Consciousness."

Next, John Searle discuses enlightenment thinking and how it has lead us to think that there is nothing in the universe that is inherently unknowable to rational inquiry.

Howard Kaye then discusses some of the religious implications of evolutionary theory. And finally, António Damásio, Daniel Dennett, Patricia Churchland, and Paul Churchland provide their thoughts on the mind-brain and the potential paradigm shift that awaits us as empirical research proceeds.

(Note: With a good eye you can catch both Roger Penrose and Ned Block during the conference scene.)


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