Monday Night Philosophy Talks (monthly)

 

Greetings Toronto Philosophers,

We are coming along in our attempt to tackle the philosophy of mind.  As you may know we have been diligently (in some cases loosely) going through the Berkely lecture series of philosopher John Searle.  So far we have solved the mind-body problem, explained the phenomenon of consciousness, and created a complete AI program.  Just kidding : )  However, we are having fun and have pondered some intriguing questions about our own nature and the nature of existence in general.  There are 2 sessions left, plenty of time to jump in!  Sure you will have to plow through 29 lectures...  Actually, just check out the 3 audio lectures from iTunesU as listed below and we'll catch you up as necessary.  Please note these are really easy to download and are free!

 

In case you don't get a chance to listen to these or don't have access these are the questions we'll be discussing:  What is the problem of the freedom of the will?  Do we need to try and reconcile our scientific view of the external world (seemingly deterministic causal structure) with our internal experience as agents experiencing a range of options and consciously making choices.  It seems (as Searle says) that the causal picture for intentional decision-making is not sufficient to fix particular outcomes.  Or is it?  And this leads to the second part of our discussion: is our experience as rational agents true?  What about evidence from hypnosis and split brain patients?  How does our known ability to confabulate rational reports affect our view of our own rationality?  And if rationality as solely an epiphenomenon is not believable what's left?

 

Here's how to access the lectures:

 

-Go to iTunes Store

-Click on iTunesU from top menu

-Click on Universities & Colleges, right sidebar

-Click on UC Berkeley

-Click on Spring 2011 Courses

-There you will find Philosophy 132, by John R. Searle (Note: it doesn't say philosophy of mind)

 

Here's what to listen to for our next session:

 

Lecture 24

Lecture 25

Lecture 26

 

Hope you enjoy!

 

-Julie

 

 

 

 

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  • Fred B.

    Sorry for not being there, but something came up at the last minute preventing me from attending. Sounds like I missed an interesting discussion.

    June 30, 2013

  • David

    I thought we had a great, energetic chat.
    We still have a few niggly philosophical details to nail down, but basically I can see the day coming when this group will have resolved all philosophical issues.

    June 25, 2013

    • Julie W

      Ha ha - love it! (It's funny because it's true).

      June 25, 2013

  • Martin J.

    It was a great discussion and terrific to see so many of you last night. Many thanks to Julie for getting us organized and keeping the discussion on a forward track.

    June 25, 2013

  • Mohit K.

    I enjoyed meeting all of you. And enjoy our different philosophical perspectives.

    June 24, 2013

  • aria

    I apologize for having to un-RSVP. I was very much looking forward to the discussions but something has come up. Enjoy the evening, everyone!

    June 24, 2013

  • Janina J

    conflict in schedule

    June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking foreword to meeting like minded people.

    May 22, 2013

    • Julie W

      Welcome to the group, Sharon.

      June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    look forward to meeting you...

    May 30, 2013

    • Julie W

      See you Monday : )

      June 19, 2013

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