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Actual Consciousness: The Limits of Human Consciousness and Thought

Are our minds confined to our bodies? Eminent philosopher Ted Honderich uncovers the true reach of consciousness.
Online
2016; 2015
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In Search of the Self: Who Are We?

There is no self, no "I," only a flickering illusion. So claim many neuroscientists and philosophers. Yet for the rest of us, the denial of the self feels like a bitter pill to swallow. Is the self a fantasy? Or is it essential to our being and consciousness? The Panel Cambridge and NCH philosopher Simon Blackburn, neuroscientist Colin Blakemore, philosopher and author of Are You an Illusion? Mary Midgley seek out the all seeing I. In association with New College Humanities.
Online
2016; 2015
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Matter and Mind: Is Consciousness Inexplicable?

Neuroscience has enabled us to explain how the brain affects the body. Yet there is no theory to explain how the matter of the brain creates thought and experience. Is consciousness inexplicable because it is not part of the material world? Or is it somehow physical after all and within our grasp? The Panel German philosopher Markus Gabriel, philosopher and author of Nihil Unbound Ray Brassier, and evolutionary biologist Eva Jablonka seek answers. Prize winning novelist Joanna Kavenna hosts.
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2016; 2015