Edward Feser breaks down many of the simplistic readings of contemporary neuroscience

Michael Egnor has an exciting conversation with Edward Feser, Aristotelian, prolific blogger and philosopher. Neurobabble and pop-scientific dismissals of mind, ultimate causes, abstract thinking, and free will meet Feser's pervasive critique.

Show notes

  • 12:41 | Edward Feser introduces himself
  • 01:00 | Roger Scruton on answers without neuroscientific questions
  • 02:20 | A problem of pop neuroscience: ignoring the ultimate causes and focusing on material and efficient causes
  • 03:48 | How can people think logically, think logically and think abstractly?
  • 04:30 | Triangles, symbols and other abstract thoughts
  • 05:45 | Concrete objects and finding triangles in the brain
  • 07:10 | Is the mind a calculation? Can computers think?
  • 08:00 | John Searle on computers as an artifact, not natural objects
  • 12:15 | Neurobabble and reading philosophy in the neurosciences
  • 14:34 | Did Libet's experiments undermine free will?