I was recently invited to come on the Partially Examined Life podcast to talk about philosophy of mind and the hard problem of consciousness. The recording went very well and I have a fun time talking with the guys. The papers that we looked at in this episode were:
- Chalmers (2002) Consciousness and its Place in Nature.
- Block (2002) The Harder Problem of Consciousness.
- Papineau (2003) Could There be a Science of Consciousness?
The first part of the episode has just come out and you can listen to it here. In this part we focus on Chalmers hard problem, and in the next part you can hear me wax lyrical about the quantum Zeno effect as a problem for type-f monism, a.k.a Russellian monism.
In the next part we’ll be talking in more detail about Papineau and Block, and why exactly they think that a maximally precise science of consciousness will be harder than we think.