Month: August 2017

Debate: Can Science Explain Consciousness?

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Here is part 1 of me and Professor David Papineau from King’s College London debating ‘Can science ever explain consciousness?’ for the ‘Panpsycast’ podcast. We have very different views: David is a physicalist and I am a panpsychist. But over the last ten years or so we’ve had a very productive interaction, and the arguments against physicalism in the first half of my book were very much shaped by my discussions with David. Before I […]

Are Electrons Conscious?

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I just published this short piece on Oxford University Press blog, to accompany the publication of my book Consciousness and Fundamental Reality.  A question that often comes up when I give ‘the simplicity argument’ for panpsychism is “Why on earth should we think matter has an intrinsic nature????” It’s a good question, and so to answer it I’m going to write ‘Are Electrons Conscious? Part II’ in a couple of weeks, which will come out LSE’s philosophy […]

Radical Theories of Consciousness

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I guest edited this month’s edition of Philosophy Now magazine on ‘Radical Theories of Consciousness’. It’s available now in UK in WHSmith’s and similar shops with lots of mags. Will be out in US and Canada later in the year. There are articles by me (on panpsychism), Sam Coleman (on neutral monism), Hedda Hassel Mørch (on IIT), and Kelvin McQueen (on consciousness and quantum mechanics). There’s also a response to my work on panpsychism from […]