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Walden Pod is a philosophy, science, and culture podcast featuring Emerson Green (Counter Apologetics).

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Walden Pod is a philosophy, science, and culture podcast featuring Emerson Green (Counter Apologetics).

    23 - Is property dualism any better off than substance dualism?

    23 - Is property dualism any better off than substance dualism?

    We compare the merits of property versus substance dualism using William Lycan’s paper, “Is property dualism better off than substance dualism?”
    William Lycan - Is property dualism better off than substance dualism? (https://www.jstor.org/stable/41932742?seq=1) [JSTOR]
    John Searle - Why I Am Not A Property Dualist (http://faculty.wcas.northwestern.edu/~paller/dialogue/propertydualism.pdf) [PDF]
    Richard Swinburne clip on brain events vs. sensations (https://twitter.com/OnPanpsychism/status/1261512590703890433) [Twitter]
    And since I mentioned dual-aspect monism a few times, here’s a fascinating exploration of the view: Jiri Benovsky - Dual-Aspect Monism (http://www.jiribenovsky.org/papers_download/dual_aspect_monism_benovsky.pdf) [PDF]
    Transcripts available at emersongreenblog.wordpress.com (https://emersongreenblog.wordpress.com/)
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    • 26 min
    Unlocked - Thomas Nagel's 'Mind and Cosmos'

    Unlocked - Thomas Nagel's 'Mind and Cosmos'

    We discuss Thomas Nagel's controversial book, Mind and Cosmos. The book has quite a reputation, but I think it's often misunderstood. Intelligent design proponents, happy to be taken seriously for once, hilariously extol the book. They don’t seem to realize that while the book does take them more seriously than they’re used to, it also provides naturalistic answers to all their objections. I guess they only read the subtitle. Naturalists, atheists, and darwinists, on the other hand, seem to perceive this book as a threat, which is mostly Nagel’s fault for his controversial presentation, and failing to make clear that he’s making adjustments to the dominant paradigm and not rejecting it in favor of theism or mysticism. His proposed adjustments are radical to be sure, but it’s flatly untrue to say he’s an evolution denier or anti-naturalist.
    We also discuss Nagel's neutral monism, natural teleology, and philosophy of science.
    Mind and Cosmos (https://www.amazon.com/Mind-Cosmos-Materialist-Neo-Darwinian-Conception/dp/0199919755) [Amazon] 
    Nagel - The Core of Mind and Cosmos (https://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/18/the-core-of-mind-and-cosmos/) [NYT] 
    Sean Carroll on Mind and Cosmos (http://www.preposterousuniverse.com/blog/2013/08/22/mind-and-cosmos/) [Preposterous Universe]
    Michael Chorost - Mind and Cosmos (https://www.chronicle.com/article/Where-Thomas-Nagel-Went-Wrong/139129/) [Chronicle of Higher Education] 

    • 17 min
    22 - Has Physics Debunked Panpsychism? Answering Sabine Hossenfelder

    22 - Has Physics Debunked Panpsychism? Answering Sabine Hossenfelder

    Theoretical physicist Sabine Hossenfelder wrote a critique of panpsychism that’s become widely-cited in The Panpsychism Wars. Hossenfelder argues that physics has ruled out panpsychism. Panpsychists simply haven’t attempted to reconcile the massive conflict with the evidence. However, her arguments are deeply flawed, and one doesn’t need to affirm panpsychism to notice.
    Sabine Hossenfelder “Electrons Don’t Think” (http://backreaction.blogspot.com/2019/01/electrons-dont-think.html)
    Transcripts available at emersongreenblog.wordpress.com (https://emersongreenblog.wordpress.com/)
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    Music is by ichika Nito and was used with permission.
    “Why do the Deniers ignore a long line of distinguished materialist predecessors and ally themselves with Descartes, their sworn enemy, in holding that experience can’t possibly be physical—thereby obliging themselves to endorse the Denial? The answer appears to be that they share with Descartes one very large assumption: that we know enough about the physical to be certain that experience can’t be physical.”
    - Galen Strawson (https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/03/13/the-consciousness-deniers/)
    “What a physiologist sees when he examines a brain is in the physiologist, not in the brain he is examining.”
    - Bertrand Russell (https://twitter.com/OnPanpsychism/status/1237974901019021317)
    “[M]aterialism ... is the philosophy of the subject who forgets himself in his calculation.”
    – Schopenhauer (https://twitter.com/PeterSjostedtH/status/1243549450473275393)

    • 18 min
    21 - Élan Vital and Panpsychism

    21 - Élan Vital and Panpsychism

    Is panpsychism the modern élan vital? Though many opponents of panpsychism have drawn the comparison, élan vital is a terrible analogy for consciousness and panpsychism. I’ve noticed that vitalism comes up frequently in discussions about consciousness. I think the lazy analogy that’s often drawn between the panpsychist and vitalist projects needs to be examined.
    Thomas Nagel - What is it like to be a bat? (https://www.sas.upenn.edu/~cavitch/pdf-library/Nagel_Bat.pdf) [PDF]
    Hylozoism (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hylozoism) [Wikipedia]
    Transcripts at emersongreenblog.wordpress.com
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    • 12 min
    20 - Aaron Rabinowitz on Neutral Monism and Panpsychism

    20 - Aaron Rabinowitz on Neutral Monism and Panpsychism

    I’m joined by Aaron Rabinowitz of Embrace the Void and Philosophers in Space to discuss his view of consciousness and its place in nature. And to avenge all those who have suffered under his ETV Lightning Rounds, he’s also subjected to his own Realist / Antirealist Lightning Round.
    Our first discussion on The Right to Reason Podcast: https://therighttoreason.podbean.com/e/panpsychism-debate/
    You can listen to Aaron on Embrace the Void here (https://voidpod.com/podcasts) and Philosophers in Space here (https://0gphilosophy.libsyn.com/)
    I didn’t do justice to Hunter Ash’s argument for panpsychism we mentioned early on, so here’s a brief explanation of the argument from the SEP (https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/panpsychism/) :
    “More recently, Goff (2013) has argued that consciousness is not vague, and that this leads to a sorites-style argument for panpsychism. Very roughly if consciousness does not admit of borderline cases, then we will have to suppose that some utterly precise micro-level change—down to an exact arrangement of particles—marked the first appearance of consciousness (or the change from non-conscious to conscious embryo/foetus), and it is going to seem arbitrary that it was that utterly precise change that was responsible for this significant change in nature.”
    And here’s Aaron’s conversation with Hunter (https://podbay.fm/podcast/1213974770/e/1565959253)
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    • 36 min
    19 - Panpsychism: "Show me the evidence!"

    19 - Panpsychism: "Show me the evidence!"

    We answer one of the more common challenges issued to panpsychists: some variation of “Show me the evidence.” We discuss whether panpsychism can be tested, our theory of mind module, emergence, Descartes's conception of matter, Occam’s Razor, and the fact that consciousness is always inferred, never observed.
    “We can but infer sentience rather than verify it, and people will differ in their guessed inferences: some might stop sentience at the lobster limit, others might stop at the beetle border – but why stop at all? If one demands a stop, the determining criterion must be established.”
    - Peter Sjöstedt-H (https://highexistence.com/panpsychism-3-reasons-why-our-world-brimming-sentience/)
    “How do the combined material objects that make up a human body change from a state of being non-conscious to a state of being conscious? There are three possible answers: i) They don’t. Human beings are not conscious. ii) A miracle happens. A conscious state ‘emerges’ from non-conscious matter. iii) They don’t. Consciousness already exists within the matter our brains are made from.”
    - Tim Bollands (https://twitter.com/ATBollands/status/1163828655778410502)
    Can Panpsychism be tested? - Philip Goff (https://conscienceandconsciousness.com/2019/07/26/can-panpsychism-be-tested-and-does-it-matter/) [Conscience and Consciousness]
    Emerson Green and Aaron Rabinowitz debate panpsychism on The Right to Reason podcast: https://player.fm/series/the-right-to-reason-2362355/panpsychism-debate
    New music used with permission from ichika nito (https://nitomusic.bigcartel.com/product/ichika-guitar-loop-pack-1)
    ichika Nito’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zklF31kD1eI)
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    • 10 min

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This is a clear, concise, and informative philosophy podcast. The host, Emerson Green, is an intellectual force to reckon with. Whether you’re already a philosophy junkie on the search for substantive philosophical examinations, or you are just becoming interested in philosophy more generally, I highly recommend taking a listen.

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