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Mary’s Room and the Theory of Evolution – Quantum Mindcast Episode 2

Episode 2 of the Quantum Mindcast. In this episode we’ll take a look at a couple of intriguing thought experiments that help to shed light on the nature of consciousness and physical reality; namely, Frank Jackson’s “Mary’s Room” and John Searle’s “Chinese Room”. We’ll also talk about the Theory of Evolution and why it’s not quite the full story.

Quantum Mindcast

In this episode:

Mary’s Room, aka The Knowledge Arguments – Emotion and the brain are not the same – experience vs. knowledge – Quale – Who makes the grass green? – The mind vs. the brain – Searle’s Chinese Room – Why do so many people dislike the Theory of Evolution – Why consciousness cannot have evolved.

Featured music: Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata no. 14 in c sharp minor ‘Moonlight’, op. 27 no. 2 – i. adagio sostenuto

European Food Safety Authority Claims Profound Knowledge of Consciousness

It seems the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has astonishing insights into the very nature of being, far beyond anything philosophers or scientists have been able to attain. I may as well give up working on this site before I’ve even started it. Crabs, apparently, are not sentient (mere machines!) while “higher” animals are sentient. Case closed.

Further evidence crabs and other crustaceans feel pain [BBC News]

While admitting that “Crustacean Pain” is a great name for a thrash metal band, I wonder whether the EFSA’s controversial stance may be influenced more by their desire to not have to worry about the ethics of boiling lobsters or maiming crabs than by scientific considerations.

Are We Machines? – Quantum Mindcast Episode 1

The Quantum Mindcast is here: a podcast about consciousness and quantum physics.

Quantum Mindcast

In this episode:

The world is a projection of the mind – Introducing the Quantum Mindcast – The mind-body problem – Why there’s little point discussing stuff like telepathy – Schrödinger’s Paradox – Are we machines? – How the brain works – Three common responses to the mind-body problem – Philosophical zombies – We don’t need to throw rationality out the window.

Featured music: Illumination by Action Davis, featuring Emmalyne Braswell

Note: Francis Crick apparently died in 2004. His work, however, lives on.