What do contemporary mind science and philosophy together tell us about the nature of the self? This will be topic of the next session of the Camden Philosophical Society reading and discussion group, on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The readings are from German philosopher Thomas Metzinger, and the discussions are from 4 – 6 p.m. in the Picker Room of the Camden Public Library. All are welcome. Sarah Miller will lead the discussion.
Metzinger draws in his work from the analytic philosophy tradition, like Daniel Dennett, who spoke to an overflow crowd in Belfast this summer on Consciousness: Illusion or Mystery?. However, the German philosopher also relies heavily on the continental European approach of phenomenology and on Buddhist insights from Asia. His particular focus is on “interdisciplinary research on the mind,” and extends not just to brain science but also to such areas of research and experimentation as out-of-body experiences, virtual reality, lucid dreaming, mind-altering substances, and artificial intelligence.
Besides the Dennett talk in Belfast this summer, Metzinger’s work relates to the Society’s recent discussions on phenomenology and existentialism and also on ethics and ethical grounding. The readings are selected from Metzinger’s best known book, The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self; and OpenMind.net, an online collection of cutting edge writing and rebuttals on philosophy of the mind and cognitive science that Metzinger helped found and shape.
Besides the pages provided in PdF form, The Ego Tunnel can be obtained in full from the Camden Library in ebook format or hard-copy form – although the library system has only one hard copy — if they are members of the library. Alternatively, anyone can buy the book online in various formats or by order through some local bookshops. See https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5895503-the-ego-tunnel Also, while specific sections of the article “What Does it Mean to Have an Open MIND?” by Metzinger and Jennifer Windt are suggested, the entire article is available at the openind.net link provided below.
At its regularly scheduled reading and discussion group on the third Tuesday of the month, the Camden Philosophical Society meets to discuss a wide range of topics. Topics and readings will be announced in the weeks leading up to each event. Stay tuned for details, or email Sarah Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.