FREE: Philosophy- Are You Hallucinating This?

Philosophy of Mind INTRO: This course goes over the time-spread argument for indirect realism.

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30 minutes

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In the Philosophy of Perception a position called Indirect Realism suggests our minds generate reality.... all be it accurately. This means we are hallucinating accurately all the time. I use an extension of the Time-lag argument, called the Time-spread argument, to show this makes a lot of sense. By the end you will have learnt a few philosophical techniques and standards and how to apply them. You will also have learnt about some of the major philosophical theories about perception and how the debate between them is still going on to this day. We will use several good thought experiments to help you understand the issues and tease out the important bits about them, so that you can decide which argument you favour. And then you can look at the potential consequences of this in terms of how strong your knowledge of the outside world is. Anyone can understand the basics of this and all students are welcome. However you must accept that you will be learning Western Philosophical techniques which are based on reason and science.
The style of this course is a seminar style where I talk for 20mins to introduce the subject and then pause to take questions or to discuss a thought experiment. We can then introduce new ideas based on that for 5 more minutes before pausing for discussion again. I can make this into a more lecturing style is all students agree this is what they would prefer.
I used to teach this course to first-year undergraduates during my PhD. My main subject was Philosophy of Mind and Imagination, but I taught this subject for several years while I was doing my PhD and it was one of my favourite seminars. I have also always had a broad interest in psychology and striving for self-understanding and my place in the world. This subject has some really fun thought experiments in it to help you get the idea.

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Dr. Peter King

Philosopher, Juggler, Balloon Modeller, Charity Manager
22 teacher reviews total

About Me

A man of many talents I have had an unusual career path and I have enjoyed every minute of it.

PHILOSOPHY - I love teaching intro philosophy seminars and have collected my favourite two here with loads of really fun and thought-provoking thought experiments. The hallucination course is all about mind and perception and how direct our contact with the outside world is.

CHARITY - My setting up a Charity and Fundraising course will go over the basics of how to get started with creating and running a charity. Looking at what types of charities there are and the different ways of managing them and fundraising.

BALLOON MODELLING - You can learn some really fun basic balloon models on my balloon modelling course.

TEAM BUILDING - You can also book the Balloon Modelling activity and 3 ball juggling as a Team Building Session. So please check out my FREE 30mins intro courses, or book onto my longer paid course and get in touch if you have any questions.

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