Why Cartesian Dualism?

Discovery Institute
Michael Egnor
Michael Egnor
Audio File (40.66M)

Materialism is dead. There are simply too many questions left unanswered after years of studying the brain. Now, people are scrambling for a new way to understand the mind-body relationship. Cartesian dualism has become a whipping boy in philosophy, but it has advantages over the alternatives. Dr. Joshua Farris discusses Cartesianism and philosophy with Dr. Michael Egnor.

Show Notes

  • 01:27 | Introducing Joshua Farris
  • 02:36 | What is Cartesian Dualism?
  • 07:32 | Is Cartesianism is bad metaphysics?
  • 13:02 | The Cartesian View and Transgenderism
  • 19:31 | What is emergence?
  • 25:30 | The Cartesian view and God as the God’s Mind.

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Michael Egnor

Senior Fellow, Center for Natural & Artificial Intelligence
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 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.