Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Episode 87

The fourth episode in a series wherein Mark Taylor talks with me about the mind-body problem and the so-called "hard problem" of consciousness. We start discussing "qualia" before being interupted by a falling artwork, this leading us into a tangent about experimental Hindu devotion and Dennett's ideas on religion. After returning to qualia, we're then led on to consider parallels between Wittgenstein's attempts to eliminate philosophical confusion and the Buddhist ideal of the boddhisattva who aims to eliminating suffering by propagating "clear perception". By the end of the episode Mark is explaining Aristotle and Plato's early contributions to the philosophy surrounding the mind-body problem.



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