Category Archives: philosophy

Four scepticisms: what we can know about what we can’t know | Aeon Essays

Bowl (c1898-1910) by George E Ohr. Courtesy the Met Museum, New York The ancient Sceptics used doubt as a way of investigating the world. Later thinkers undermined even that possibility Ask any philosopher what scepticism is, and you will receive … Continue reading

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Re-imagining Animal Consciousness | Stephanie Theodorou | TEDxCapeMay

After receiving her PhD from Temple University in philosophy of religion, Stephanie Theodorou focused her attention to the study of consciousness and the role of symbolism in cognition. Her interest in animal consciousness evolved from her research in phenomenological accounts … Continue reading

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The hidden world of animal consciousness – with David Peña-Guzmán

Do animals dream? Join David Peña-Guzmán as he explores behavioural and neuroscientific research on animal sleep with philosophical theories of dreaming. Watch the Q&A here: https://youtu.be/LpI7zNHUFRQ David’s latest book ‘When animals dream: the hidden world of animal consciousness’ is available … Continue reading

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What is a mind? – with Philip Ball

Does a fly have a mind? What about a tree? Or a machine? How do we even begin to think about ‘minds’ that are not human? Watch the Q&A here: https://youtu.be/PdFhGKztmqU Buy Phillip’s new book ‘The Book of Minds’ here: … Continue reading

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Can’t agree what wisdom means? All the more reason to seek it | Aeon Essays

Outside the Bodleian Library, Oxford, England. Photo by Mark Kerrison/In Pictures via Getty There are no transcendent insights that rise above human difference. Yet wisdom exists if we look in the right places   Then, one day, your best friend … Continue reading

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On the advantages of believing that nothing is true | Aeon Essays

Alethic nihilism is the theory that nothing is true. There is much to gain by taking this radical idea seriously Truth is a topic philosophers have spent centuries considering. We have asked questions such as: what is the content of … Continue reading

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A Point of View – Darkness Made Visible – BBC Sounds

Rebecca Stott reflects on our relationship with darkness, past and present. As warnings are sounded of possible power cuts and lights going out this winter, Rebecca Stott reflects on our relationship with darkness. She looks at how our ancestors experienced … Continue reading

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The problem with making it look easy is that people think it is easy | Vala Afshar @ValaAfshar

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