Rebecca Goldstein: The Mind-Body Problem
Presented by American Airlines
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What is the mind, and how does it relate to the physical body? This question has fascinated humans for ages, both before and after 17th-century philosopher René Descartes articulated mind-body dualism. In our time, our growing scientific understanding of the brain and its functions has only compounded the question. Philosopher, novelist, and MacArthur fellow Rebecca Goldstein considers these questions through the protagonist of her novel The Mind-Body Problem. In this program, Goldstein touches on whether the mind is more than the brain, how our definition of consciousness might distinguish us from animals, and much more, helping us wrestle with eternal questions about our mental and physical selves.
This program is generously sponsored by American Airlines.
Rebecca Goldstein received her doctorate in philosophy from Princeton University. Her award-winning books include the novels The Mind-Body Problem, Properties of Light, and Mazel, and nonfiction studies of Kurt Godel and Baruch Spinoza. She has received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and Guggenheim and Radcliffe fellowships, and she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005.