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Freedom Regained at Scientia Salon

The undeniable fact is that brains provide the material means by which conscious life is sustained. Without brains there can be no human consciousness. But it does not follow from this that we can explain all human behavior in neurological terms alone and that conscious thoughts contribute nothing to our actions. That is a much stronger claim, which goes against the evidence of experience.

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  • GUARDIAN BOOKS PODCAST. Talking about Freedom Regained in a programme that also includes Joanna Biggs. Listen/download here. #
  • HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN – HAY-ON-WYE, 26/27 MAY. Taking part in several events at this philosophy festival. My main event is what is described as an IAI Academy Course on self and identity, The Ego Trick, which is on Wednesday at 10:00. Being Certain (Tuesday, 13:15) is a panel discussion with me, Andrew Bowie and Edwina Currie, hosted by Richard Coles. Join me for Tea, Cake and Philosophy later at 17:00 to talk more about the issues raised. There's another panel on Wednesday at 13:15 on Imagining Reality with Angela Breitenbach and Sarah Pinborough with Eliane Glaser hosting. I'm also chairing Love Incorporated with Richard Coles and Catherine Hakim (Tuesday, 14:30) and A Wonder Full World with Hilary Lawson, Sally Phillips and Alastair Reynolds (Wednesday, 16:00). By that point, however, I might be an exhausted, incoherent wreck. #
  • HOW TO DEVELOP YOUR IDEA FOR A ‘SMART THINKING’ BOOK – LONDON, 13 JUNE. This course will help attendees who already have an idea for a ‘smart thinking’ book to develop it and pitch it to publishers. Before the course, you’ll submit an outline of your project and some sample writing, with feedback provided on the day. Full information and booking here. #
  • MONOCLE WEEKLY. Talking to Tom Edwards and Andrew Tuck about Freedom Regained in the Monocle Weekly podcast. #
  • "Julian Baggini is that happy thing – a philosopher who recognises that readers go glassy-eyed if presented with high-octane philosophical discourse. And yet, as his latest book, Freedom Regained: The Possibility of Free Will, makes clear, it is in all our interests to consider crucial aspects of what it means to be human. Indeed, in this increasingly complex world, maybe more so than ever." Salley Vickers reviews Freedom Regained. #

What is Microphilosophy?

Small thoughts about big subjects; big thoughts about small things; seeds of thought, scatttered to either take root or not; plus short links to longer work. Microphilosophy is the website of the writer Julian Baggini.

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