112.Perception of the external world (2018)6 min Student Jonny Hunter asks his philosophy professors what we know of the external world from perception. Features Kati Farkas, Tim Crane, Howard Robinson and Hanoch Ben-Yami. (6 minutes)
111.The mind-body problem (2016)8 min In this short eight-minute clip, Jonathan Westphal introduces his 2016 book, The Mind-Body Problem, which offers a neutral monist solution.
110.To be (1990)10 min A delightful, ten-minute cartoon illustrating some of the philosophical issues that arise from the use of a Star-Trek-style teletransporter. A film by John Weldon.
109.Freeman Dyson meets Wittgenstein (c. 1997)4 min “Next door to me there was Wittgenstein, who lived on the same staircase, and he always cooked for himself too, and so I used to cook my supper with the smell of fish from Wittgenstein’s room next door.” Sam Schweber talks to Freeman Dyson about his life. A four-minute clip from a Web of Stories video. The bit about Wittgenstein starts at 1:20.
108.Can physics end time? (2015)59 min Yuval Dolev of Bar-Ilan University explains why he thinks physics does not have the last word on time. A talk from Space-Time Theories: Historical and Philosophical Contexts, a four-day inter-disciplinary conference in Jerusalem celebrating the centenary of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. (59 min)
107.Time: a conversation with Dr Simon Prosser (2012)3 min “I’ve reached a point in my research where I’m absolutely convinced of a thing called the B-theory of time, which is this view that time doesn’t really pass, that the world is a four-dimensional block.”
104.Derek Parfit (1942-2017 RIP)24 min A great thinker teleports out. Garrett Cullity recalls his brilliant doctoral supervisor with Joe Gelonesi of ABC Radio Natural. (24 minutes)
103.Your favorite philosopher (2017)9 min Part of a series of language lessons through authentic street interviews. This is Easy German lesson 193, on “your favourite philosopher.” Only in Germany. (9 minutes)
102.Victim of the brain (1988)90 min A 1988 film by Piet Hoenderdos based on the ideas in Douglas R. Hofstadter’s 1981 book The Mind’s I: Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul. (90 minutes)
100.Philosophy publishing (2017)40 min Academic publishing as it currently stands “is not a secure long-term proposition.” In this Royal Institute of Philosophy broadcast, Liza Thompson (Bloomsbury) talks to Peter Momtchiloff (Oxford University Press) about the pleasures and tribulations of philosophy publishing. (40 minutes).
99.The man with the 7 second memory (2005)48 min The remarkable and poignant story of Clive Wearing, a man with one of the worst cases of amnesia in the world. Once a renowned conductor and musician, Clive was struck down in 1985 by a virus that caused massive damage to his brain. Against the odds, doctors managed to save his life but he was left with a memory that spans just seven seconds. (48 minutes).
98.David Chalmers: Virtual reality (2016)5 min The Australian philosopher and cognitive scientist David Chalmers considers how virtual reality is reframing and shedding new light on some of philosophy’s most enduring questions about the nature of reality. An instalment of Aeon In Sight. (5 minutes).
97.Graham Priest: The liar paradox (2016)6 min The U.S.-based British philosopher Graham Priest explains how the Liar Paradox – debated since antiquity – can upend the traditional Western view that all contradictions must be false. An instalment of Aeon In Sight. (6 minutes).
96.The mystery of time (2014)6 min Philosophers Michael Strevens and Tim Maudlin explain the philosophical conundrum of time. One in a weekly series of short videos that places scientists and filmmakers under the spotlight. This film by Léo Ghysels. (6 minutes).
95.Alain de Botton: Status anxiety (2004)143 min With the help of philosophers, artists and writers, Alain de Botton examines the origins of status anxiety—ranging from the consequences of the French Revolution to our secret dismay at the success of our friends—before revealing ingenious ways in which people have learnt to overcome their worries in their search for happiness (143 minutes).
94.Interview: Paul Snowdon (2016)20 min Adam Ferner interviews Paul Snowdon of University College London. They discuss his philosophical upbringing, the deification of Peter Strawson and the clear and pressing need for common sense in philosophical discourse—among other things.
93.Interview: Mary Midgley (2016)40 min Mary Midgley talks to Michael Bavidge about her time in Oxford and the importance of a holistic approach to philosophy.
90.Why does time pass? (2015)10 min Short 10-minute video on the scientific mystery of time from The Economist. Part of their “science brief” series. See this page at www.economist.com for the accompanying article.
89.Stephen Hawking: Master of the universe (2008)48 min × 2 Twenty years after A Brief History of Time became an unlikely global bestseller, Professor Stephen Hawking takes viewers on a journey through the universe to explore the mysteries of physics. (Channel 4 2008, two episodes, 48 min. each.)
88.The magic of consciousness - Nicholas Humphrey (2014)8 min Evolutionary psychologist Nicholas Humphrey explains his take on the problem of consciousness in this short 8-minute video produced for the Royal Institution of Great Britain. Could consciousness be a mirage constructed in the theatre of our minds? Perhaps the questions we ask should not be centred on sensations themselves but on the appearance of those sensations.
87.Ludwig Boltzmann – The genius of disorder (2007)57 min The 19th-century physicist Ludwig Boltzmann stirred up controversy by proposing that scientists could make intelligent guesses about the behavior of atoms, which, though they moved randomly, could be described by certain probabilistic generalizations. His suggestion to explain thermodynamics by using statistical methods went against the long-standing trend of assuming absolute fixed laws. This film documents the engaging story and personal struggle of Boltzmann, set against the intellectual climate of nineteenth-century Vienna (57 minutes).
85.The strange life and death of Dr. Turing (1992)48 min The story of Alan Turing, regarded by many as the father of the modern digital computer. Highlights the importance of Turing’s early interest in logic and mathematics as well as his later work during the Second World War at Bletchley Park where he was involved in breaking the code used by the German Enigma encryption machines. Also covers Turing’s later interest in how the mind works, his homosexuality, his prosecution in 1952 for gross indecency and his ultimate suicide in 1954.
84.The hard problem of consciousness (2014)11 min A short 11-minute montage of various philosophers and scientists getting fired up over the hard problem of consciousness and whether there is a problem at all. Features Richard Dawkins, Deepak Chopra, Stuart Hameroff, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Daniel Dennett and others.
83.Wittgenstein: a wonderful life (1989)50 min A BBC Horizon film about the remarkable life of the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. He was born in Vienna in 1889 and died in Cambridge in 1951, having turned philosophy upside down and inside out ... (50 minutes)
82.The genius of Srinivasa Ramanujan (2013)60 min Shot at various locations in Chennai, Namakkal, Kumbakonam, Erode and Cambridge, this documentary highlights the trajectory of Ramanujan’s seminal work and its relevance today. Features Bruce Berndit, George Andrews, Ken Ono and other renowned number theorists. (1 hour)
81.Interview with John M. Fischer (2014)87 min John M. Fischer shares his views on free will and moral responsibility with the Moscow Center for Consciousness Studies. Interview conducted on occasion of the Center’s 2014 summer school, “Free Will and Moral Responsibility,” which was led by Fischer. (87 minutes)
80.What is consciousness? (2015)13 min Short 13-minute video on the hard problem of consciousness from The Economist. Part of their “science brief” series. See this page at www.economist.com for the accompanying article.
79.Finkish dispositions – David Lewis (1997)94 min David Lewis presents his classic paper “Finkish Dispositions” at Franklin and Marshall College, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., on February 22, 1997. Part of a series of talks in honour of David Armstrong. (94 minutes)
118. Decoding the human brain with robotic limbs (2018)
Dark matter physicist Davide D’Angelo travels to Belgium to explore unusual consciousness experiments at psychologist Axel Cleeremans’s lab.
In the lab, researchers use thought-controlled robotic limbs as a window into answering the enduring, perhaps unanswerable human question: "What is consciousness?" (10 minutes)
This is episode three of Motherboard’s first feature documentary, The Most Unknown. For other episodes in this series, see motherboard.vice.com.