Rian Mitch and Paul Harris discuss the third essay in the book. Recorded on 2/19/13. Does anything lie beyond a text? Can we understand being outside of writing?
Featuring Nathan Shaine Hanks, Jordan Payne, and Nick Story. Discussing the themes of science, love, beauty, loss, and existence from some of the book’s twelve stories. Recorded 1/6/13.
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On Chapters 1-3 of the 1980 book by Deleuze and psychoanalyst Félix Guattari. Featuring Mark Linsenmayer, Daniel McKay, Dom Romani, Paul Harris, and Rian Mitch.
The book presents a large-scale picture of cosmology; we hashed through a set of difficult concepts.
Featuring Evan Gould, Bill Burgess, Alan Cook, Steven Lindsay, Daniel Cole. Recorded 1/2/13. On biological naturalism, which sees mind as a sort of “surface feature” which manifests itself in the brain only macroscopically, though its existence and activity are completely causally explained by neurobiological activity.
Featuring Wes Alwan, Neil Earnshaw, and Jon Turner. Recorded on 12/9/12.We discuss our dissatisfaction with Nagel’s argument that evolutionary naturalism fails to explain consciousness and therefore must be supplemented by teleology.
On Auster’s 1985 novella. The book presents itself as a work of detective fiction. However, it soon becomes clear that it is far from conventional in its structure. The work has been cited as an example of ‘postmodern detective fiction’ where the mystery contained within the narrative is itself surrounded by the mystery of the novella’s construction.
On The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory (1997). Featuring Mark Linsenmayer, Alan Cook, Evan Gould, Russ Baker, Steve Lindsay, and Marilyn Lawrence. Recorded 11/17/12.
He argues for a form of property dualism in which consciousness, or more likely something like “proto-consciousness” is best conceived as a fundamental feature of the world.