Christopher Smart: For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry

Recorded 31 October 2017
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With apologies to John Lennon

Imagine there’re no qualia
It’s easy if you try
No feel or what-its-likeness
Just plain old cog sci

Imagine all the zombies
Being just like us

Imagine there’re no inverts
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing for Mary to learn
And no hard problem, too

Imagine all the people
Being illusionist

You may say I’m a quiner
But there’s nothing wrong with that
I hope someday you’ll join us
And learn what it’s like to be a bat.

Self-deception in Basel

On 25 October 2017 I gave a keynote presentation at a conference on Self-Deception: What It Is and What It Is Worth, at the University of Basel. Family commitments prevented me from attending in person, so I spoke via Skype — which worked very smoothly, even for the Q&A. Many thanks to the organizers Anne Meylan, Marie van Loon, and Melanie Sarzano for inviting me and setting up the Skype link. Click here to see the slides from my talk

T. S. Eliot: The Lovesong of J Alfred Prufrock

Recorded 19 July 2017

W. H. Auden: Musée des Beaux Arts

Recorded 7 July 2017.
W. H. Auden (1907-73)

Wilfrid Wilson Gibson: Flannan Isle

Recorded 6 July 2017

W. H Auden: In Memory of W. B. Yeats

Recorded 18 July 2017
W. H. Auden (1907-73)

Robert Frost: Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Recorded 6 July 2017
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Siegfried Sassoon: Memorial Tablet

Recorded 26 November 2014

Philosophy Bites interview on conscious thought

In 2016 I recorded another interview for Philosophy Bites, the popular philosophy podcast series produced by Nigel Warburton and David Edmonds. The subject this time was conscious thought, and the podcast was part of the Mind Bites series, which Nigel and David produced for Nicholas Shea’s AHRC-funded research project, Meaning for the Brain and Meaning for the Person. You can listen to the interview below, and you can discuss it on the project site.