Neuroscience, Quantum Physics, and the Nature of Reality

Discovery Institute
Michael Egnor
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Dr. Michael Egnor and Dr. Bruce Gordon discuss quantum mechanics, the nature of reality, idealism and how to interpret the finding of modern neuroscience. Prepare to cover a lot of ground on this Mind Matter News Bingecast.

Show Notes

  • 00:00:43 | Introducing Dr. Bruce Gordon
  • 00:02:00 | Idealism
  • 00:03:37 | Plato’s theory of forms
  • 00:05:08 | Kantian idealism
  • 00:09:17 | Panpsychism and cosmopsychism
  • 00:12:31 | What is a mental thing?
  • 00:18:12 | The mind-dependent character of reality
  • 00:24:08 | What counts as a measurement?
  • 00:29:29 | The phenomenon of non-localizability of individual particles
  • 00:31:25 | The quantum Cheshire Cat phenomenon
  • 00:34:08 | The idealist perspective
  • 00:38:01 | Wrapping in Aristotelian and Thomistic thought
  • 00:41:00 | Idealism as the most satisfactory metaphysical perspective
  • 00:45:06 | Thomism and modern neuroscience
  • 00:49:47 | Near-death experiences and out-of-body experiences
  • 00:52:09 | Idealism versus St. Thomas Aquinas
  • 01:01:56 | Split-brain surgery patients
  • 01:04:48 | The animal soul

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Michael Egnor

Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics, State University of New York, Stony Brook
Michael R. Egnor, MD, is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics at State University of New York, Stony Brook, has served as the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, and is an award-winning brain surgeon. He was named one of New York’s best doctors by the New York Magazine in 2005. He received his medical education at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital. His research on hydrocephalus has been published in journals including Journal of Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, and Cerebrospinal Fluid Research. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Hydrocephalus Association in the United States and has lectured extensively throughout the United States and Europe.