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Mind, Body, and Questions of Consciousness
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24 episodes in this series

Episode 1 Mind, Body, and Questions of Consciousness
The 3.5 pounds of gray matter in your skull processes all the information you need to live and thrive - from the functioning of your physical body to your relationships…
Episode 2 Mind and Body in Greek Philosophy
Humans have been asking this question for thousands of years: exactly how are we related to the world around us? Learn what modern Western thought inherited from the Greeks and…
Episode 3 Eastern Perspectives on Mind and Body
Western philosophers want to understand how the physical brain produces the reality of subjective experience. But Hindu and Buddhist traditions don't recognize that same dualism. Unlike the Western attempt to…
Episode 4 Using the Body to Shape the Mind
We tend to think of the mind being in charge of, and giving instructions to, the body. But is it possible for the body to direct the mind? Learn how…
Episode 5 History of the Soul
While the concept of the soul has been of great philosophical importance over the millennia, it is not addressed by contemporary brain science or philosophy of the mind. Learn why…
Episode 6 How Descartes Divided Mental from Physical
How can you know with absolute certainty that you exist? Rene Descartes famously answered: "I think; therefore I am." He also suggested a complete split between the mind and the…
Episode 7 Mistakes about Our Own Consciousness
One thing we know we can count on is the validity of our everyday experiences. After all, we know what we see, hear, feel, and think on a daily basis,…
Episode 8 Strange Cases of Consciousness
The study of individuals with unusual brains - e.g., those with split brains, color-blindness, face-blindness, synesthesia - has revealed brain modularity, differentiation, blending, and other mechanisms of consciousness. Do we…
Episode 9 Altered States of Consciousness
Learn what dreams, lucid dreams, hallucinations, and other altered states teach us about brain structure and function. Why do so many hallucinations include the same geometric shapes? And after thousands…
Episode 10 Memory, Mind, and Brain
Philosopher John Locke suggested it is your continuous sequence of memories that allows you to be "you." But what is memory and how is it related to our emotions and…
Episode 11 Self-Consciousness and the Self
Throughout the centuries, philosophers and scientists have tried to come to a definitive understanding of the self and self-consciousness - and failed. The exciting intellectual journey through these theories and…
Episode 12 Rival Psychologies of the Mind
William James, Sigmund Freud, and Wilhelm Wundt all aimed for a science of consciousness in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, differing significantly in ideas and methodology. Learn why…
Episode 13 The Enigma of Free Will
Our daily experiences tell us we are acting with a free will. But you'll be surprised to learn what quantum mechanics and the latest studies in readiness potential reveal about…
Episode 14 Emotions: Where Mind and Body Meet
We all know emotions can affect the body - e.g., heart-pounding fear, tears of joy. But can the physical body affect emotions as well? And could emotions be a requirement…
Episode 15 Could a Machine Be Conscious?
Twentieth-century mathematicians Alan Turing and Ludwig Wittgenstein both asked: "Could machines think?" Learn how they addressed the complex concepts of language, thinking, intelligence, and consciousness. All contemporary computers and the…
Episode 16 Computational Approaches to the Mind
Since the development of computers, philosophers and scientists have wondered what we could learn about our own intelligence by building intelligent machines. What would a deeper understanding of computerized information…
Episode 17 A Guided Tour of the Brain
We've made great strides in understanding the workings of the human brain - from our hundred billion neurons and trillions of synapses, to more than fifty neurotransmitters. We've mapped the…
Episode 18 Thinking Body and Extended Mind
We believe our thinking occurs in our head. But that's not entirely correct. In some cases, cognition requires the mind and the body. Learn how the autonomic, sympathetic, and enteric…
Episode 19 Francis Crick and Binding in the Brain
After co-discovering the structure of DNA, Francis Crick turned his research attention to mind-body issues. He believed in an underlying physical structure of consciousness. Was he correct? Learn about Crick's…
Episode 20 Clues on Consciousness from Anesthesiology
Is it possible to be certain that an anesthetized patient who seems to be unconscious during surgery really feels no pain? Our current knowledge of the brain, anesthetics, and consciousness…
Episode 21 Of Mind, Materialism, and Zombies
Distinguished philosophers and scientists have put forth their theories about the mind, brain, and consciousness. But each of us has our own views, too. "Zombie thought experiments" can help identify…
Episode 22 Thought Experiments against Materialism
Physicists and philosophers have relied on thought experiments for thousands of years. But how can we know that the conclusions of thought experiments are correct? Learn what Leibniz' "giant head"…
Episode 23 Consciousness and the Explanatory Gap
What is consciousness? Some scientists describe it as a result of emergence, much as "wet" emerges from a particular combination of hydrogen and oxygen atoms. Others propose that neuroscience will…
Episode 24 A Philosophical Science of Consciousness?
If the fields of brain science, philosophy, and artificial intelligence alone cannot adequately explain the relationship between body, mind, and consciousness, where should we look for answers? Explore an exciting…

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