Aug 17, 2017

Me, Myself, and I

These are a few interviews from Closer to Truth with philosophers Daniel Dennett and John Searle talking about consciousness and personal identity. There are more interviews, but I prefer these ones because they reflect my personal opinion on these topics. They are counterintuitive to common beliefs and may even bring upset to some people, but I have found them useful and closer to reality.

Daniel Dennett - What is the Nature of Personal Identity?

John Searle - How Do Persons Maintain Their Identity?

Daniel Dennett - How are Brains Conscious?

John Searle - Can Brain Explain Mind?

Daniel Dennett's Cartesian Theater

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1. You should attempt to re-express your target’s position so clearly, vividly, and fairly that your target says, “Thanks, I wish I’d thought of putting it that way.
2. You should list any points of agreement (especially if they are not matters of general or widespread agreement).
3. You should mention anything you have learned from your target.
4. Only then are you permitted to say so much as a word of rebuttal or criticism.
Daniel Dennett, Intuition pumps and other tools for thinking.

Valid criticism is doing you a favor. - Carl Sagan