[EconTalk] John Horgan on Mind-Body Problems

John Horgan on Mind-Body Problems

17/12/2018 by EconTalk: Russ Roberts

Web player: http://podplayer.net/?id=60419472
Episode: http://files.libertyfund.org/econtalk/y2018/Horganmindbody.mp3

Science journalist and author John Horgan talks about his book, Mind-Body Problems, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Horgan interviewed an array of scientists, philosophers, and others who have worked on consciousness, free-will, and what it means to be human. Horgan argues that no single solution to the problems in these areas is likely to be established by science and that our perspective on these questions is inevitably colored by our personal experiences rather than by scientific evidence. Horgan concludes by making the case for personal and intellectual freedom and the need to embrace subjective interpretations of mind-body issues in ways that bring meaning to our lives.

Start Date: 2019-08-13

End Date: 2019-08-14


  • At a certain point, John Horgan got caught up in talking about free will; and the conversation makes it seem as if free will is all there is to consciousness. But why so if it is; or if there are other aspects, is something that the podcast never addressed. Maybe the book does.
  • The whole riff on free will being an illusion; but how heartbreaking it is to have to deal with that is very ‘dil bahlane ke liye khayal acchhaa hai’.
  • On the search for meaning when confronted with the impernance of things, as also on the existence of the non-material; I feel Pratchett in Hogfather and with ‘Here and now, we are alive,’ still put things better than anybody else.


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