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    • 4.3 • 260 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.

    Consciousness - a science or a philosophy? | Avshalom Elitzur

    Consciousness - a science or a philosophy? | Avshalom Elitzur

    Physicist and philosopher Avshalom Elitzur dissects science's limited understanding of consciousness and proposes a more philosophical, almost mystical, interpretation of it.

    • 35 min
    The Perception Bias | Daniel Kahneman, Ellen Langer, Hilary Lawson

    The Perception Bias | Daniel Kahneman, Ellen Langer, Hilary Lawson

    Cognitive scientist Daniel Kahneman, psychologist Ellen Langer, and philosopher Hilary Lawson try to get to the bottom of how humans perceive, and if we can ever know truth or the world around us.

    • 59 min
    Conspiracy and belief | Michael Shermer

    Conspiracy and belief | Michael Shermer

    American science writer Michael Shermer elucidates the reasons people tend to be drawn to conspiracy theories and what to do about it.

    • 28 min
    The mystery of emergence | Suchitra Sebastian, Philip Goff, Hilary Lawson

    The mystery of emergence | Suchitra Sebastian, Philip Goff, Hilary Lawson

    Suchitra Sebastian is a renowned scientist and a condensed matter physicist. She is based at the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge where she is a Professor of Physics.

    Philip Goff is a leading philosopher of Consciousness in his field and a defender of panpsychism, the controversial proposal that everything contains consciousness, as the solution to the hard problem of consciousness.

    Hilary Lawson is a philosopher and long-standing critic of realism, best known for his theory of closure.

    Jack Symes hosts.

    • 49 min
    A rule to live by | Peter Singer, Daniel Markovits, Carol Gilligan

    A rule to live by | Peter Singer, Daniel Markovits, Carol Gilligan

    Join Myriam François as she hosts this panel of distinguished guests as they discuss the idea of universal moral principles. Taking part in this debate are Daniel Markovits is an American legal scholar and Professor of Law at the Yale Law School; Carol Gilligan, a celebrated feminist, ethicist and psychologist; and finally, Peter Singer, one of the world's foremost public philosophers and a prominent figure in contemporary ethics.

    • 47 min
    Humans' tendency for irrationality | Dan Ariely

    Humans' tendency for irrationality | Dan Ariely

    Well-known scholar Dan Ariely discusses the main elements of his recent book 'Misbelief: What Makes Rational People Believe Irrational Things', sympathetically dissecting the character of conspiracy theorists.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
260 Ratings

260 Ratings

Philosophy fan 378 ,

Very good, but let the guests finish their thoughts

These are great conversations, but sometimes the moderator will ask the speaker to get back on track in a way that deprives audiences of the full thought. This is particularly frustrating when sophisticated speakers make comments that ultimately loop back around to the main point. Let people finish! Many of the best points would have been missed had the speakers heeded the moderator’s demands.

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“Get over your, limited, self.”

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