Bloggingheads.tv recently aired a conversation between writer John Horgan, former senior science writer at Scientific American, and David Chalmers, philosopher and popularizer of the "hard problem" of consciousness. It is this: why do we all have unique, subjective experiences? Or reframed: "what is it like to be me?" The conversation covers a lot of territory. Still, it's pretty accessible, so I invite you to listen as well.
Here's my quick and dirty summary:
- Chalmers describes his appearance before the first ever Tucson conference in 1994, where he distinguished between the easy problems of consciousness and the hard problem. Horgan happened to be in attendance at this seminal meeting and explains why Chalmer's formulation of the issues has remained so popular. That along is worth the time to listen.