Great link rab. Lots of good interviews… so far I’ve only had time to watch Sam’s and Pinker’s but will go back some time in the next few days to watch some of the others, like Dennett’s, Atkins’, Churchland’s and Ramachandran’s.
Was it just me or did you get the impression that Sam is more concerned with developing a philosophy of mind/consciousness using science to buttress his premises and conclusions as opposed to doing the science and seeing where it leads him?
I thought the question that Bingham asks all of his interviewees: Who, from history, would you like to go back in time and have dinner with? was informative in regard to who these “candles” view as historically relevant in their lives. I was rather shocked that Sam said Jesus… Perhaps it was a joke on the notion of having dinner (or supper) with someone long since deceased… one would think he’d pick someone we know for certain, actually existed…
Who would you pick, R.?
Who would any of us pick?
I’d pick Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, David Wojnarowicz, William Styron, and Mae West.
I think Sam wants to know and understand how ingrained religious belief is in the mind. Do most religious people accept god, miracles, heaven and hell, etc. as real things as easily as they accept tables, chairs, etc. ? I find that a fascinating experiment and I hope the results are out soon.
I wonder who I’d like to meet. I would also pick Jesus. If he did exist, he wasnt’ the man portrayed in the New Testament. Chances are he was like the one discussed here. He probably not only had sex with Mary Magnoline, but probably several other women in his flock, including the wives of Peter and Andrew. If I could go in a time machine and come back with proof of the real Jesus, I wonder what sort of affect it would have on Christianity as a whole. Or what affect it would have on me personally. I’m sure some would label me as the whore depicted in the Book of Revelation.
I would also pick Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Carl Jung.
Those living today, I’d have to think about it, if we’re talking about most smart and/or wise…