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The mind-body problem, which Buddha, Socrates and many modern scientists have sought to solve, encompasses riddles such as consciousness, free will, morality and the meaning of life. In this podcast, science journalist John Horgan, talks to leading mind-body theorists about their views and often, about their personal lives. The show is an outgrowth of a book of the same title, available for free at mindbodyproblems.com.

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The mind-body problem, which Buddha, Socrates and many modern scientists have sought to solve, encompasses riddles such as consciousness, free will, morality and the meaning of life. In this podcast, science journalist John Horgan, talks to leading mind-body theorists about their views and often, about their personal lives. The show is an outgrowth of a book of the same title, available for free at mindbodyproblems.com.

    Debating Panpsychism (John Horgan & Philip Goff)

    Debating Panpsychism (John Horgan & Philip Goff)

    Philip’s 2019 book, Galileo's Error: Foundations for a New Science of Consciousness ... What’s the difference between panpsychism and philosophical idealism? ... John: Solipsism is “an absolute impediment to a truly scientific theory of consciousness” ... Does panpsychism “cheat” when it comes to philosophy’s fundamental problems? ... The moral dimension of panpsychism ... Hallucinogens and mystical experience ...

    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Case Against Thomas Kuhn (John Horgan & Errol Morris)

    The Case Against Thomas Kuhn (John Horgan & Errol Morris)

    Can we ever really know the world? ... Debating the ideas of Thomas Kuhn, famous philosopher of science ... Will we ever see the end of war? ... Errol's book about Kuhn, The Ashtray: (Or the Man Who Denied Reality) ... Errol: Science without truth cannot live ... John sticks up for Kuhn ... Errol's vexed personal relationship with Kuhn ... Stephen Hawking's sense of humor ... Errol: "We're a dumbass species" ... The glass is half empty and filled with poison ...

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Scientist, Philosopher, Stoic (John Horgan & Massimo Pigliucci)

    Scientist, Philosopher, Stoic (John Horgan & Massimo Pigliucci)

    How Massimo's midlife crisis moved him from biologist to philosopher ... What's the point of philosophy? ... Philosophical doubt as as a counterweight to scientific confidence ... John mistrusts science's yearning for certainty ... Massimo's path to stoicism ... Can reason make you happier? ... Abusive Buddhist gurus and other unexpectedly bad people ... Was Seneca a hypocritical a*****e? ...

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Spiritual Science (John Horgan & Steve Taylor)

    Spiritual Science (John Horgan & Steve Taylor)

    Steve's childhood experiences of euphoria in nature ... Why Steve prefers "wakefulness" to "enlightenment" ... Does being "awakened" make you a better person? ... Steve: "Being a parent is a spiritual path" ... Steve's new book, Spiritual Science ... "Panspiritism" as an alternative to panpsychism ... How is "the spirit" different than God? ... Was there a point in prehistory when man behaved morally? ... Brexit, Trump, and encounters with death that lead to transformation ...

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Universal Consciousness (John Horgan & Bernardo Kastrup)

    Universal Consciousness (John Horgan & Bernardo Kastrup)

    Why Bernardo thinks the mind-body problem is not as hard as it seems ... Bernardo’s spiritual, intellectual, and psychedelic history ... God, metacognition, and the Universe ... The consolations of Bernardo’s philosophy ... Bernardo: The Universe has multiple personality disorder ... The narcissism of a human-centered Universe ... Why John thinks we’ll never solve the mind-body problem ...

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Epiphanies of Mind (John Horgan & Jeffrey Kripal)

    Epiphanies of Mind (John Horgan & Jeffrey Kripal)

    Jeff’s new book, The Flip: Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of Knowledge ... How John and Jeff make sense of Freud ... Jeff redefines the “paranormal” ... What belief in levitation or clairvoyance reveals about human nature ... Are hardcore atheists/materialists doing religious fundamentalism a favor? ... The death and rebirth of good old human narcissism ... Jeff on humanity’s future and the nature of optimism ...

    • 1 hr 2 min

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