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Philip Goff

Associate Professor in Philosophy, Central European University in Budapest

I am associate professor in philosophy at the Central European University in Budapest (a unique and wonderful institution). My main research interest is consciousness, although I also have a sideline in political philosophy (taxation, globalisation, social justice). I recently finished my first book Consciousness and Fundamental Reality (published with Oxford University Press June 2017), and am now working on a book on consciousness aimed at a general audience. I have written for The Guardian and Philosophy Now, and blog at www.conscienceandconsciousness.com.

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The real problem

Philip Goff

I love your work and think it’s very important. But I don’t think this kind of empirical work *alone* will solve the hard problem. Surely if you think it will and/or that the hard problem is a distraction, then you are obliged to argue for this by engaging the arguments that motivate the hard problem, e.g. the knowledge argument?

Also, two points on IIT: (i) I wasn’t clear why you think the panpsychist implication is problematic. If this is an empirically supported theory of consciousness, and this is what it implies, isn’t this what we ought to give credence to? Special relativity has counter-intuitive implications concerning the nature of time, but we don’t reject it on those gro...

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

Philip Goff

Many people have been complaining that my articles provides no evidence for panpsychism. The central point of the argument is that scientific theory choice is dependent not just on evidence but also on considerations of simplicity. For any data, there are an infinite number of theories that predict that data, and so we must choose between them on the basis of simplicity. Special relativity and the Lorentzian view that preceded it *make all the same predictions*; the almost universal preference for special relativity is due to its much greater simplicity. My argument is that panpsychism is more likely to be true because it’s much simpler. Those who disagree are obliged to tell me why my ca...

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