What is it to be a thinking thing? How do the processes and experiences that go to make up such a thing interact with the world around them? Why was Dualism proposed by a leading scientist and mathematician (Descartes) as a solution to a most vexing problem? Does the problem still stand today? How does the prospect of Articifial Intelligence inform our notions of identity, and how might insights into our own minds inform AI's research program? Do our minds 'stop' at the skull, or are they embedded in a cognitive network of images, tools, data and other minds? Finally, we know that we are thinking animals, but in what way do other animals think? What evidence is there for any conclusions we might make?
These are some of the key questions we approach and tackle in this lively, contemporary module, as we attempt to solve some of the oldest topics in philosophy.