By Frederick Choo In the philosophy of mind, dualism is the theory that the mental and the physical (or mind and body) are two different kinds of things. The mental is not physical. Interactionists embrace dualism and think that mental events and physical events can causally interact with one another. For example, the reason I … Continue reading Essay: On the Easy Dismissal of Interactionism
A few weeks ago, two students from NTU’s philosophy programme, R Kumaran and Esther Goh, sat down with Professor Julia Driver from Washington University in St. Louis. They talked about her interests in the field, eastern philosophy, and kindles. NYPR: First off, why did you decide to get a PhD in Philosophy? Prof. Julia Driver: … Continue reading Conversation: Professor Julia Driver
By Ooi Teck Chye You and I Are Gonna Live Forever The concept of “mind uploading” is no longer a novel or uncommon one in our current climate, with new and exciting technologies on the rise. It is likely still well beyond our reach, but thanks to science fiction in popular media and advances in … Continue reading Summer Series: Why Mind Uploading Might be a Bad Idea
By Koo Hao Wei The Buddha taught non-self as the way to Nirvana. I argue that the widely held interpretation of non-self – there simply being no self – does not address the delusional self. On further inspection, this links the issue and implications of the non-self to that of false perceptions and introspection. The … Continue reading Summer Series: From ‘Non-self’ to Mind
Philosophers have been battling with the mind for centuries. In the Seventeenth Century, René Descartes posited a duality between the mind and the body. According to Descartes, matter is material and the mind is immaterial. The Princess of Bohemia, Elisabeth, then asked an explanation as to how it is the mind could then causally act … Continue reading Summer Series: Editor’s Note
By Melissa Chang In the wake of the US pulling out of the Paris Climate Change agreement, it seems that environmental conservation and climate change is controversial once again. Although many other countries and American corporations have reiterated their commitment to fighting climate change, there is no doubt that the withdrawal of the US from … Continue reading Summer Series: Examining Environmental Ethics
By Harisan Nasir The sciences of reproduction has a significant focus on enabling couples to obtain genetically-related children. We see this in procedures such as In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) and more recently, In-Vitro Gametogenesis (IVG). This, despite the fact that there are millions of already existing children out there that could benefit from being adopted. Are … Continue reading Summer Series: What is the Importance of Genetic Relations?