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    • 4.4 • 171 Ratings

Philosophy for our Times is a free philosophy podcast bringing you the latest talks and debates from the world’s leading thinkers. We host weekly episodes on today’s biggest ideas in news, society, culture, politics, science and arts. Subscribe today to never miss an episode.

    Are we hallucinating ourselves? | Anil Seth

    Are we hallucinating ourselves? | Anil Seth

    Anil Seth puts forward a radical new theory of consciousness and the self.

    • 25 min
    The big ideas we choose to believe in | Dallas Campbell

    The big ideas we choose to believe in | Dallas Campbell

    Dallas Campbell shares his insight as an "outsider" in the world of science.

    • 25 min
    Does language make us uniquely human? | Ray Tallis, Joanna Kavenna and Jennifer Ackerman

    Does language make us uniquely human? | Ray Tallis, Joanna Kavenna and Jennifer Ackerman

    Ray Tallis, Joanna Kavenna and Jennifer Ackerman debate the uniqueness of human language.

    • 44 min
    Are we moral hypocrites? | Julian Baggini, David Chandler, Ece Temelkuran

    Are we moral hypocrites? | Julian Baggini, David Chandler, Ece Temelkuran

    Julian Baggini, David Chandler and Ece Temelkuran debate whether strict moral codes always lead to immoral acts.

    • 45 min
    Playing with fire | Beverly Taylor, Ella Whelan and Lawrence Phillips

    Playing with fire | Beverly Taylor, Ella Whelan and Lawrence Phillips

    Beverly Taylor, Ella Whelan and Lawrence Phillips debate safety and risk in the context of a pandemic.

    • 43 min
    Was Max Planck right about consciousness? | Patricia Churchland, Brian Greene, Amanda Gefter and Laura Mersini-Houghton

    Was Max Planck right about consciousness? | Patricia Churchland, Brian Greene, Amanda Gefter and Laura Mersini-Houghton

    Patricia Churchland, Brian Greene, Laura Mersini-Houghton and Amanda Gefter discuss whether Max Planck was right in asserting that "matter is derivative from consciousness."

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
171 Ratings

171 Ratings

AwesomePeter ,

Fascinating debates but...

Fascinating debates and an overall wonderful set of interesting episodes. However very disappointed by the Rupert Sheldrake appearances; I was shocked by his nonsense having a place among such otherwise wonderful guests.

G*G*2015* ,

Has potential

I’ve now listened to my first episode. The guest, Santiago Zabala, seems generally to be quite intelligent and thoughtful. However he belies his bias or, at best, his ignorance of the IDW when he makes the preposterous claim that they are in effect willfully blind to a variety of existential emergencies and instead favor order for its own sake.

Specifically, he mentions Jordan Peterson and Sam Harris. I don’t listen much to Peterson, so I can’t speak to his views. But having listened to and read Sam Harris, Bret Weinstein, Heather Heying, and Eric Weinstein for several years now, there is a preponderance of evidence FAR beyond a shadow of a doubt that those 4 individuals are quite terrified indeed about climate change. They speak about it frequently and characterize it as the greatest emergency of our time. So when Zabala takes such a cheap shot and grossly mischaracterizes a diverse group of thinkers, he not only insults the intelligence of his listeners, but his own intelligence, as well.

Oopsawally ,

Ep nov 17, 2020

*Humans wouldn’t do well ‘in the wild’ either
*Would it be ok for aliens to let humans live 1/8th of their lifespan in ‘good conditions’ and then eat them? Does quality of such a short life mitigate early cessation of that life?
*Just because humans have costume parties, does it make it ok to wear another species? Would an alien wearing your harvested face to the Universal Ball be ok?
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the arguments for animals as meat or clothing were weak

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