BackgroundI was somewhat ambiguous about the anticipated effect of the London educators strike - what in fact happened was that the 'action' was declared illegal (by the courts) and cancelled (by the union).
|On London's Southbank - well It looks red to me.|
We spent some time reviewing the previous session which had been around the question of 'Other Minds'.
But the topic that we focused on this Tuesday was 'The Mind Body problem' and goodness me it's another challenging theme to look at.
We were introduced to the ideas of:
Physicalism - all that there is is the Physical world and everything has a physical explanation -
Here's Patricia Churchland saying pretty much this.
And here's a somewhat scruffy looking Australian Professor called David Chalmers giving another view (very well),.
Dualism- This idea has in essence a split between the brain and the mind (Cartesian Dualism) is a form of this.
Aspect Dualism -which puts forward the idea (I think) of a single entity looked at in different ways -it seems Baruch Spinoiza might be classified as a supporter of Aspect Dualism
and a phrase I hope to use in conversation Eliminative Materialism - this is a radical (some might say far out) view that our common sense of the mind is wrong and what we take for granted does not exist.
The Mary Argument
Another aspect which brings the question to life is The Mary Problem this is a 'thought experiment' about someone who has spent years researching colour knows all about it (theory etcetera) although unable to perceive it and then suddenly can see it.
Here's a video that covers the Mary Argument.