Whether you buy Dennett’s account or not, it illustrates just how much you can offer by way of a theory of consciousness without addressing the Hard Problem. … If he is to win over his critics, Dennett’s own hard problem is his need to do more to show why others should give up theirs.
SCIENCE IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD – EDINBURGH, 5 April. In discussion with Anne Glover, former Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission, Yasmin Sulaiman at the Edinburgh International Science Festival at 8pm.
MEDIA AND DIS/AGREEMENT – CAMBRIDGE, 9 MARCH. Taking part in a discussion with Lorna Donjon and Michael J. O’laughlin at the Von Hügel Institute for Critical Catholic Inquiry at 4pm.
Decades of policy, not misfortune, have put good housing out reach of millions. Given that access to decent housing is one of the most basic hallmarks of an advanced, civilised country, you might have thought this would be considered a scandal that would dominate political debate. In fact, there is only one aspect of the housing market that has any perceptible effect on elections: price crashes cause the government of the day to haemorrhage votes.
BROADCASTING HOUSE – BBC RADIO 4, 26 FEBRUARY. I ws discussing our fascination with life on other planets with Jane Garvey and Monica Grady.
The political philosopher Erica Benner used to read Machiavelli like most of us allow others to read him for us, cherry-picking the outré quotes that identify him as an opportunist amoralist. But then she started to notice something strange: most of what he wrote was not very Machiavellian…
WORDS BY THE WATER – KESWICK, 10 MARCH. Talking about The Edge of Reason at this lovely Cumbrian festival.
“I say to people in Québec: your kids are going to change you more than all these immigrants. I’m a grandfather now and I see what has happened over these two generations and it’s huge. We dropped the central religious identity of Québec in this time, nobody forced us from outside.”
FOOD PROGRAMME – BBC RADIO 4. I’m one of the voices in this week’s programme, first broadcast yesterday. Listen here.
One thing many of us appear to believe today is that a quick Google search will answer any question. As I discovered when trying to find out what we believe today, you don’t even need to do the search. Just type in the first few words and see how the algorithms complete it for you. So it was that the phrase “believe in” was completed by – as I suspected – “yourself”.