Noam Chomsky: The Mind-Body Problem, The Hard Problem of Consciousness & The Problem w/ Materialism


Noam Chomsky is one of the most cited scholars in modern history. He is a linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historical essayist, social critic, and political activist. Known as "the father of modern linguistics", Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy and one of the founders of the field of cognitive science. He is a Laureate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona and an Institute Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and is the author of more than 150 books and well over 400 articles in major publications.

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(0:00) - Introduction
(0:10) - A philosophical history of the Mind-Body Problem
(4:09) - Distinction between physical explanations & mathematical models
(8:22) - Change of Science's course over time
(10:54) - "The Hard Problem"
(13:09) - The problem with materialism
(18:39) - Can we explain consciousness & why are we trying so hard?
(23:35) - What is inaccessible to consciousness?
(28:45) - Differences in language & its implications on the transmission of information
(31:33) - Why do many conclude consciousness is an ethereal entity or part of a spiritual realm?
(34:20) - How to find inspiration in this complex Universe?
(36:23) - Free Will

***Unfortunately I lost over an hour worth of content with Noam due to technical difficulties. We've scheduled another interview soon. Thank you for listening and apologies for the abrupt ending!***