Philosophy of Mind


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Essay/Neuroscience

Freud the philosopher

Before fathering psychoanalysis, Freud first slayed the dominant Cartesian intellectual tradition of mind-body dualism

David Livingstone Smith

Idea/Philosophy of Mind

If I teleport from Mars, does the original me get destroyed?

Charlie Huenemann

Video/Ethics

Pain leads to empathy and self-preservation: should we make robots ‘feel’ it?

12 minutes

Essay/Philosophy of Mind

I attend, therefore I am

You are only as strong as your powers of attention, and other uncomfortable truths about the self

Carolyn Dicey Jennings

Essay/Consciousness & Altered States

The mathematics of mind-time

The special trick of consciousness is being able to project action and time into a range of possible futures

Karl Friston

Idea/Philosophy of Mind

Panpsychism is crazy, but it’s also most probably true

Philip Goff

Essay/Philosophy of Mind

Telling memories

Jewish émigrés from the former Soviet Union tell inconsistent stories. What does this say about the nature of memory?

Helen Haft

Essay/Neuroscience

Maps in the head

How animals navigate their way around provides clues to how the brain forms, stores and retrieves memories

Kate Jeffery

Idea/History of Ideas

How fashion moves philosophy forward

J Bradley Studemeyer

Essay/Neuroscience

The real problem

It looks like scientists and philosophers might have made consciousness far more mysterious than it needs to be

Anil K Seth

Idea/Philosophy of Mind

Why panpsychism fails to solve the mystery of consciousness

Keith Frankish

Idea/Metaphysics

What can Avicenna teach us about the mind-body problem?

Peter Adamson

Idea/Philosophy of Mind

The mind isn’t locked in the brain but extends far beyond it

Keith Frankish

Idea/Knowledge

Whatever you think, you don’t necessarily know your own mind

Keith Frankish

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Video/Virtual Reality

New realities are imminent: how VR reframes big questions in philosophy

5 minutes

Video/Philosophy of Language

Does the meaning of words rest in our private minds or in our shared experience?

2 minutes

Essay/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Should we be afraid of AI?

Machines seem to be getting smarter and smarter and much better at human jobs, yet true AI is utterly implausible. Why?

Luciano Floridi

Essay/Philosophy of Mind

Consciousness creep

Our machines could become self-aware without our knowing it. We need a better way to define and test for consciousness

George Musser

Video/History of Ideas

If, as Shakespeare suggested, all the world’s a stage, do we have a ‘true self’?

2 minutes

Idea/Philosophy of Religion

Belief in supernatural beings is totally natural – and false

Stephen Law

Essay/Philosophy of Mind

I am not a story

Some find it comforting to think of life as a story. Others find that absurd. So are you a Narrative or a non-Narrative?

Galen Strawson

Video/Meaning & the Good Life

How long does it take to recover from a tragedy?

3 minutes

Essay/Illness & Disease

A good forgetting

Personal identity is tied to memory, but sometimes we find peace, clarity and a true sense of completeness in the lapses

Marianne Janack

Essay/Illness & Disease

The disremembered

Dementia undermines all of our philosophical assumptions about the coherence of the self. But that might be a good thing

Charles Leadbeater

Video/Free Will

Can we really make conscious decisions, or is agency just a trick of the brain?

2 minutes

Essay/Cultures & Languages

From Aesop to doge

The animal who speaks in a human voice is a figure of the most enduring imaginative power. What do we hope to hear?

Stassa Edwards

Video/Philosophy of Mind

A colony of cooperating jellyfish challenges conventional ideas of individuality

2 minutes

Video/Philosophy of Mind

A comparative cognition road trip across the US in search of a map of the mind

21 minutes

Essay/Law & Justice

The concrete abyss

We know solitary confinement annihilates the minds of its victims — but what does it do to the rest of us?

Lisa Guenther

Essay/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Endless fun

The question is not whether we can upload our brains onto a computer, but what will become of us when we do

Michael Graziano