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The Universal Mind & Zombies

  • Jan 25, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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"The Universal Mind & Zombies"

On Friday January 25 we will meet to discuss Zombies & The Universal Mind Hypothesis.

Kar Lee will present a summary of the subject and then we will join in on a discussion.

For detailed directions how to get to the Hill building go to the pull down menu and open "How to get to One Hampshire at Kendall Square"

As it turns out Dr. Lee has written a book on the subject. The most recent version is entitled The Universal Mind Hypothesis. The original version was called Where are the Zombies? Of course, the Zombies referred to here are philosophical Zombies – a person that functions without the involvement of their consciousness

A free version of this book is available at Barnes & Nobel’s website:

Table of content for the Universal Mind Hypothesis

Prologue - Life as it is

Section I The Physical Body
A case for “everything is physical”... Are you who you think you are? ... Even if the transporter does not work, we still have a good case for a thought experiment … Where is the boundary between you and the outside world? ... Maybe there IS a boundary... The brain as a quantum mechanical system...

Section II The Soul
The concept of a soul... The concept of the soul is useless unless the soul is forever... The problem with the mind as a separate non-physical entity independent of the body: The dualistic view...

Section III Meaning of life
The mystery of one’s own existence... The curse of eternal existence... But it is all psychology! ... Is life meaningful for the mortals...

Section IV Qualia, the Hard Problem of Consciousness and the Many Phenomena Leading to It
The mystery of our own existence... Why aren’t we just automata...

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