The Reality Report: Episode 90

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Episode 90

The seventh episode in a series wherein Mark Taylor talks with me about the mind-body problem and the so-called "hard problem" of consciousness. We continue discussing the elusive notion of the "self", leading on to a discussion of remarkable studies of people who've undergone neural comissurotomy (severing of the corpus callosum which joins the two brain hemispheres), then Benjamin Libet's groundbreaking experiments on free will. I bring up a possible link with retrocausation in "presentiment" research, and then, in response to Mark's account of how Daniel Dennett sees the brain working hard to preserve the illusion of a unified self, I'm reminded of recent psychedelic research involving the so-called "default mode network" in the brain.


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