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Going Conscious

May 19, 2021

Dr Philip Goff is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Durham University. His research focuses on how to integrate consciousness into our scientific world view. He has authored an academic book with Oxford University Press – Consciousness and Fundamental Reality – and a book aimed at a general audience – Galileo's Error: Foundations for a New Science of Consciousness. Goff has published 45 academic articles as well as writing extensively for newspapers and magazines, including Scientific American, The Guardian, and the Times Literary Supplement.


In this episode we talk about panpsychism and the “hard problem of consciousness” - understanding that you can’t capture experience with mathematics. We talk about how consciousness is not an abstract intellectual puzzle but core to the human experience, the problem built into the way science was designed, the connection between biological evolution and consciousness, why matter is consciousness, we ask “is there a purpose to everything?”, where philosophers and scientists come together, why consciousness is a taboo topic, why science can be a crutch just like religion, tree intelligence, trusting mystical experiences, why only believing in a narrow view leads to an impoverished human existence and rethinking our picture of the universe.


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Twitter: @philip_goff



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