Patrick Grim

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Mind, Body, and Questions of Consciousness
Episode 1 of Mind-Body Philosophy
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 with loved ones. But how can the physical matter of…
How Descartes Divided Mental from Physical
Episode 6 of Mind-Body Philosophy
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 physical body. The vast and sharply divided responses to Descartes'…
A Guided Tour of the Brain
Episode 17 of Mind-Body Philosophy
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 brain and described each part's functions, evolutionary history, and methods…
Eastern Perspectives on Mind and Body
Episode 3 of Mind-Body Philosophy
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 discover the truth of how things are, Eastern philosophy takes…
Altered States of Consciousness
Episode 9 of Mind-Body Philosophy
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 of years of inquiry, do we finally understand the purpose…
Mind and Body in Greek Philosophy
Episode 2 of Mind-Body 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 how the theories of Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle still…
Strange Cases of Consciousness
Episode 8 of Mind-Body Philosophy
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 really see with our eyes? Learn how the brain's organization…
Emotions: Where Mind and Body Meet
Episode 14 of Mind-Body Philosophy
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 for rationality itself? You'll be surprised by the latest research…
Using the Body to Shape the Mind
Episode 4 of Mind-Body Philosophy
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 the Eastern practical disciplines of yoga and meditation and Western…
Memory, Mind, and Brain
Episode 10 of Mind-Body Philosophy
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 dreams? Learn about the many different ways in which the…
History of the Soul
Episode 5 of Mind-Body Philosophy
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 William James encouraged people to believe in the soul if…
Rival Psychologies of the Mind
Episode 12 of Mind-Body Philosophy
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 Wundt left the strongest mark on contemporary psychology, with the…
Thinking Body and Extended Mind
Episode 18 of Mind-Body Philosophy
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 nervous systems are linked to the brain, integrated into the…
Could a Machine Be Conscious?
Episode 15 of Mind-Body Philosophy
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 fields of artificial intelligence and neural networks trace their origin…
Computational Approaches to the Mind
Episode 16 of Mind-Body Philosophy
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 processing teach us about the brain? Learn how these lines…
Clues on Consciousness from Anesthesiology
Episode 20 of Mind-Body Philosophy
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 at the physiological level, lead us to believe in the…
Francis Crick and Binding in the Brain
Episode 19 of Mind-Body Philosophy
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 spatial and temporal hypotheses, the binding problem, and the reasons…
Thought Experiments against Materialism
Episode 22 of Mind-Body Philosophy
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" and Searle's "Chinese room" can tell us about materialism -…
Self-Consciousness and the Self
Episode 11 of Mind-Body Philosophy
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 experiments will lead you to a new way of seeing…
Mistakes about Our Own Consciousness
Episode 7 of Mind-Body Philosophy
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, right? You'll be surprised to learn how wrong we can…