YouTube Video Link = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HOWG7iXLOM
My Short Supplemental Show giving my more detailed take on the Meta-Problem of Consciousness:
YouTube Video Link = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwUfxOlw-dg
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This was a great episode and something I’ve been wanting to do ever since I made my 4-part solo show series on the existence of the soul (see here = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XItmBWzuXw4&list=PLDyoKecpi82zc0P-mX2aP1a9oMTzfytvG ). I’m joined by my friends Robert L. White (Christian host of the Robert L. White show) and Travis R. (Skeptical blogger from the Measure of Faith Blog site) to discuss various issues relating to the Mind/Body Problem. The topics we discuss include the following;
i) Introductions as to who we are and laying out of our respective positions on the Mind/Body Problem.
ii) The “Meta-Problem of Consciousness”
iii) The “Hard Problem of Consciousness”- What is the nature of mental properties & states (the Differences Argument & Knowledge Argument).
iv) The “Hard Problem of Consciousness”- What is the nature of the conscious subject or substance itself (the unity of conscious field, enduring self & Modal arguments for the soul).
v) Addressing the Issue of Idealism (the 3rd Alternative to Dualism & Physicalism).
Recommended Sources (for further study);
a) Special Guests Sources:
i) ROBERT L. WHITE (Christian)-
Main Blog-site = https://www.robertlwhite.net/ ; his Podcast on Anchor = https://anchor.fm/the-rlw-show/ & his YouTube channel = https://www.youtube.com/user/JoeCool1986/videos . Finally follow Robert on Twitter here = https://twitter.com/robertlwhite_II
Robert’s Recommended sources related to the topic of substance dualism:
Thomas Nagel’s book, “Mind & Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False” = https://www.amazon.com/Mind-Cosmos-Materialist-Neo-Darwinian-Conception/dp/0199919755
Debate between William Lane Craig vs. Alex Rosenberg = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBTPH51-FoU&feature=youtu.be
ii) TRAVIS R. (Skeptic/Physicalist) Sources-
Main Blogsite = https://measureoffaith.blog/
Sources Recommended by Travis related to substance dualism;
“Consciousness and its Place in Nature” by David J. Chalmers (includes the 3 classifications of the Physicalist Types) = http://consc.net/papers/nature.html
Pinto’s new findings about the controversial Split-Brain experiments = https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6057762/
Eric LaRock artixle on the “Unity of Visual Field Argument” = http://old.behavior.org/resources/180.pdf OR in attachment below this section =
Travis mentioned the higher order theory known as “Global workspace theory” see here = https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_workspace_theory
Travis provides an article related the notion of a general continuity that I was emphasizing, but expands more on what “identity” means in this context. The article suggests that identity is something we impose on things rather than something inherent to those things and thus shows skepticism toward essentialism, specifically with regard to the difficulty of demarcation = https://scientiasalon.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/identity-a-neurobiological-perspective/
Finally, David Chalmers on the “Meta-Problem of Consciousness” = https://philpapers.org/archive/CHATMO-32.pdf OR see article in the attachment here =
b) Dale’s Relevant Sources (from my Soul Solo Series- see here = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XItmBWzuXw4&list=PLDyoKecpi82zc0P-mX2aP1a9oMTzfytvG):
i) Cartesian Dualism;
Richard Swinburne = http://www.newdualism.org/papers/R.Swinburne/Dualism-Intact1996.htm (short write-up) or video = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sifzXoGv61Q .
ii) Thomistic/Aristotelian Dualism;
See the article entitled, Is DNA the Soul? by Thomas J. Kaiser on p.67-96 here = https://thomasaquinas.edu/pdfs/aquinas-review/2015.pdf .
Also, see short videos by Eleonore Stump = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fui2uBDP4Gs & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bbs47txouCE .
iii) Haskerian Dualism;
Interview with Dr. William Hasker = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hlkZOpdZIo & another lecture by Hasker with a subsequent rebuttal by Cartesian Dualist Dr. Stewart Goetz starting around the 41 min mark = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwUMBIlkRXk .
Also, see the New Scientific split-brain findings = popular level news article on the new findings here = https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170125093823.htm OR in the New Peer-reviewed journal article on Roger Sperry’s old Split-Brian Experiments and the new experiments casting doubt on the old conclusions here = https://academic.oup.com/brain/article/140/5/1231/2951052 OR in the Attachment immediately below =
Also, see Richard Brown’s assessment of David Chalmers’ various classifications in the attachment below =
iv) Four 15-min videos presenting some Pro-Soul/Substance Dualism arguments which including 3 arguments for substance dualism that I neglected to use in my series for time sake (Parts 17a-d) by Dr. Dale Tuggy, starting here = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btAwpXhqmiw.
Note that this series includes the version of the Modal Argument I used in the show (with a better explanation and visual aids) in Video 17d at approx the 5 min 50 seconds mark, here = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXw7-yKhZ-U . Also see Dr. Eric LaRock’s website with list of scholarly articles on the neuroscience and the unified conscious fields argument = https://oakland.edu/phil/top-links/faculty/LaRock/ and/or his own webstie here = https://sites.google.com/site/larockconsciousness/ .
Note also that one of our listeners Travis R. mentions that the Modal Argument for Substance Dualism assumes the truth of “Transworld Identity”- see discussion here = https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/identity-transworld/ . On Transworld issues I take Dr. Alvin Plantinga’s notion to be the right one, see his article, Transworld Identity or Worldbound Individuals?, on it here = https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/38bb/7ae2d6a7cf3eba211a9e69e1a9d9c5cae5e2.pdf OR in the attachment below =
Official Blog with Sources & Web Links =
IMPORTANT SOURCE UPDATE- I found the Scholarly article by Eric LaRock on the Unity of our Visual Field Consciousness argument whereby things like texture, shape, colour, etc probably cannot be explained via physical synchronicity and communication across sub-systems in the brain = See here OR See in attachment =