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Does Consciousness Require a Radical Explanation? | Episode 1804 | Closer To Truth

Does consciousness require a radical explanation? What causes consciousness? Our inner sense of awareness is at once most mundane and most bizarre. No explanation makes sense. Here are three novel candidates for explaining consciousness. Featuring interviews with Giulio Tononi, David … Continue reading

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‘Defend love as a real, risky adventure’ – philosopher Alain Badiou on modern romance

For the French philosopher Alain Badiou, romantic love is ‘the most powerful way known to humanity to have an intimate relationship with another’. Love, he believes, creates a state of dependence that is an important counterweight to modernity’s emphasis on … Continue reading

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You are not alone in your loneliness

Being open and vulnerable with your loneliness, sadness and fear can help you find comfort and feel less alone, says writer and artist Jonny Sun. In an honest talk filled with his signature illustrations, Sun shares how telling stories about … Continue reading

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A 97-Year-Old Philosopher Faces His Own Death

Herbert Fingarette once argued that there was no reason to fear death. At 97, his own mortality began to haunt him, and he had to rethink everything. Read more: https://www.theatlantic.com/video/ind… “Being 97” was directed by Andrew Hasse (http://www.ftrmgc.com). It is … Continue reading

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Zhuangzi Explained: Legendary Chinese Parables for freedom, spontaneity & joy

Zhuangzi was one of China’s greatest thinkers. His ancient parables are legendary, designed to free you from society’s damaging constraints and recover your natural spontaneity. Sounds great, but can Zhuangzi’s ancient stories help us find freedom in our modern, complex … Continue reading

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Against metrics: how measuring performance by numbers backfires

More and more companies, government agencies, educational institutions and philanthropic organisations are today in the grip of a new phenomenon. I’ve termed it ‘metric fixation’. The key components of metric fixation are the belief that it is possible – and … Continue reading

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How Mengzi came up with something better than the Golden Rule – Aeon

Eric Schwitzgebel is professor of philosophy at the University of California, Riverside. He blogs at The Splintered Mind and is the author of Perplexities of Consciousness (2011) and A Theory of Jerks and Other Philosophical Misadventures (2019).     There’s … Continue reading

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CRITICAL THINKING – Cognitive Biases: Anchoring [HD]

 

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how to do nothing

enny Odell Follow Jun 30, 2017 · 44 min read This is the transcript of a keynote talk I gave at EYEO 2017 in Minneapolis. An adapted version appears in my book, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy. I’d like to start off … Continue reading

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Mary’s Room: A philosophical thought experiment

Imagine a neuroscientist who has only ever seen black and white things, but she is an expert in color vision and knows everything about its physics and biology. If, one day, she sees color, does she learn anything new? Is … Continue reading

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