Saturday, January 22, 2011

Mystery of the Mind - A Neuroscience/Philosophy Round Table Discussion

A 2-hour round-table conversation from 2007 featuring Ned Block, Richard Haier, Joseph LeDoux, Patrick McGrath, Craig Piers, and Gianfranco Basti. I found this at Senmes.

Unfortunately, Basti is a little challenging to understand - but do try, he adds an important perspective that is totally opposite of Block's reductionist view. He argues that consciousness is not in the body (or brain) - that is exists between two interacting people (“the brain is in the mind”). His perspective is partial (because it is more than simply interpersonal), but he is closer to the more current understanding of consciousness as a verb, not a noun.

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