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Philosophy of mind from A to Z
30.05.2018

A series of discussions concerned basic views, key arguments and the most striking thought experiments in philosophy if mind – a mutual project of Moscow Center for Consciousness Studies and PostNauka.

What is it like to be a philosophical zombie? What do Mary and John Searl do in their rooms? What will happen if a teleport breaks? Philosophers, psychologists and biologists review the central problems of philosophy of mind, surveying basic views, key arguments and the most striking thought experiments concerned the main questions in this field in the series of discussions about philosophy of mind – a mutual project of Moscow Center for Consciousness Studies and PostNauka.

 

1. Luck argument

2. Zombie argument

3. Chinese room

4. Free will and Determinism

5. Teleport

6. Mary the scientist

 

1. Luck argument

It’s a widespread belief that necessary condition of free will is indeterminism. But it can turn out that indeterminism raises difficulties for free will. Luck argument reveals these difficulties. Philosopher Artem Besedin and neuroscientist Vasily Klucharev discussed the issue.

2. Zombie argument

Zombie in Philosophy is identical to us being in all respects expect consciousness, it is totally unconscious. The possibility of zombie implies falsity of physicalism. Dmitry Ivanov and Vladimir Spiridonov discussed the issue.

3. Chinese room

The most famous and discussed thought experiment devoted to the possibility of artificial intelligence. Dmitry Volkov and Maria Falikman discussed that thought experiment. 

4. Free will and Determinism

In some sense meaning of life is based on free will. It’s a belief that we act freely not as physical entities. But is free will possible when determinism is true? Dmitry Volkov and Kirill Martynov discussed the details of that problem.

5. Teleport

If you were destroyed into particles and perfectly reconstructed in another place, would it still be you? This is a case of teleportation. What exactly makes you you? Where does personality live? What provides the continuity of your personality through the time? Natalia Kiselnikova and Maria Sekatskaya discussed the issue of personal identity.

6. Mary the scientist

If we knew everything about how the brain works, would we knew everything about consciousness? Philosopher Dmitry Ivanov and psychophysiologist Alexander Kaplan discussed the issue.

 

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