Here’s a fascinating talk on the science of consciousness given at the TED talks in CERN.*
The talk on consciousness and the brain is by philosopher John Searle. He is Slusser Professor of Philosophy at University of California, Berkeley, and the winner of the 2000 Jean Nicod Prize and the 2004 National Humanities Medal. His books include The Mystery of Consciousness and Mind, Language And Society: Philosophy In The Real World among others.
Consciousness & the Brain: John Searle at TEDxCERN
It’s a great video – he crams a lot in and it’s worth watching several times.
*Videos of the talks are up now at the TEDxCERN web site.
Thanks to Jon Butterworth and his Guardian blog Life and Physics.
Posted in philosophy, SciBlogs, science, Science and Society
Tagged CERN, consciousness, Consciousness Studies, John Searle, philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, SciBlogs, TED
This video – The beginning of the universe, for beginners – is the premiere of a series of five, first of their kind, collaborations between CERN and TED Ed. The series covers the origins of the universe, dark matter, antimatter, big data and the Higgs boson. The other four animations will premiere at TEDxCERN, another first of its kind event, on 3 May from 2pm – 8pm CEST, and the animated lessons will be available on ed.ted.com starting on 3 May. The webcast will be available to the public on the TEDxCERN website.
The beginning of the universe, for beginners.
Credit: The beginning of the universe, for beginners
I have aways liked the description of a humanist outlook as one based on evidence, reason and compassion. The compassion is particularly important because, as humans, we need more than just to know the world. We also need a way of relating to each other and to other species. I think that compassion is an inherent quality of humanity – and probably of many other species.
Compassion is not dependent on specific political, religious or philosophical beliefs. In fact, a world view that argued otherwise would, by definition, not be compassionate. How could you be compassionate if you deny this attitude to other humans?
Yet this exclusive approach seems to underly a recent appeal for assistance in developing a charter for compassion.
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Tagged Dalai Lama, Karen Armstrong, National Statement on Religious Diversity, TED