Mind Meld 179 | The Geometry of Consciousness with Philosopher Philip Goff
Philip and I rap about why we need a new science of consciousness. What it is, what it isn’t, and why it may be a fundamental and ubiquitous feature of the physical world.
What is going on with this experience we’re having? Is it all in our brain? Is our brain in it? Do we live in some sort of cartesian dualistic situation where our minds and bodies are made of fundamentally different stuff? I don’t know, I have my suspicions, but our guest Philip Goff’s suspicions are much more nuanced.
Philip is a brilliant philosopher out of the University of Durham and he’s got a new book centered around this very topic called Galileo’s Error.
It’s truly compelling because, as it turns out, the person who’s generally considered to be the father of modern science, Galileo, never really thought scientific materialism would explain consciousness. He never really thought we’d be able to measure our way to the subjective experience of seeing a color or snuggling under a blanket or eating thanksgiving dinner or whatever. He believed there were limits to what math and measuring could tell us about the world. So if that’s the case, where does that leave us? That my friends are what this podcast and his book are all about.
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