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Old 24th July 2019, 07:02 AM   #1
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"Moving Naturalism Forward" conference

In 2012 a unique conference brought together scientists and philosophers to discuss naturalism and, I suppose, where to go from here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju4C...SdS8uafdh0kmDL
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I put the full youtube link there for convenience of those who like fullscreen.

To quote the youtube description:
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Discussion at the Moving Naturalism Forward workshop, October 2012. Participants include Sean Carroll, Jerry Coyne, Richard Dawkins, Terrence Deacon, Simon DeDeo, Daniel Dennett, Owen Flangan, Rebecca Goldstein, Janna Levin, David Poeppel, Massimo Pigliucci, Nicholas Pritzker, Alex Rosenberg, Don Ross, and Steven Weinberg.
There are a few names in there that some of you may recognise and enjoy. Personally I found Steven Weinberg's contributions particularly insightful, though of course I don't agree with him about everything.

Sadly, while Dawkins does have few good comments, he doesn't participate nearly as much as I would have hoped. The philosophers tend to talk more than the scientists.

The conference took place over, I think, 3 days, with a morning and an afternoon session on each day. For those who aren't quite as into this as I am, here's a playlist which breaks bits of the discussion down by topic instead:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnX4...95gEya&index=3
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I thought people here might find this interesting as a discussion of understanding the philosophical implications of a naturalistic worldview from a naturalistic perspective.
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Old 24th July 2019, 08:58 AM   #2
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I recall listening to the discussion on free will which was probably a bad place to start. Free will discussions tend to go nowhere even with the brightest minds involved.

But it kind of put me off the rest. I may give some of the other topics a go.
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I recall listening to the discussion on free will which was probably a bad place to start. Free will discussions tend to go nowhere even with the brightest minds involved.

But it kind of put me off the rest. I may give some of the other topics a go.
For me there's enough interesting discussion that goes on over the course of the weekend to be worth the parts that really don't go anywhere, but there is a lot of the latter, so it certainly does require some patience.

Personally I found the full unedited version more interesting, if slower, than the shorter clips.
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