Philosophy in the Age of Neuroscience

by Luke Muehlhauser on September 18, 2010 in Free Will,Science,Video

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Hermes September 18, 2010 at 11:25 am
Wade Anes September 18, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Lennybound has a bunch of great Churchland vids.


Jeff H September 18, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Short version: “I think science might figure this thing out! Just give it some time!”

This was an interesting talk, but I found it kind of meandering. She went on for way too long about the direct and indirect methods – the answer to the question “Should we examine consciousness directly or indirectly?” is “Both!” And given that psychology/neuroscience is already doing both methods, I didn’t get why she went on for so long about it.

I also was expecting there to be more philosophy and less psychology. She talked all about illusions and whatnot (which really has nothing to do with consciousness, to be honest), but only talked about Aristotle, Descartes, and Hume as far as philosophy is concerned. It was a little disappointing, considering that none of those people even lived during the time when psychology was around.


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