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The FQXi podcast brings you the latest ideas in foundational physics and cosmology—and includes interviews with our members and other leading scientists. It's hosted by Zeeya Merali and Brendan Foster. You can contact us at podcast@fqxi.org, and follow us on twitter: @FQXi. The podcast is produced by Zeeya, and music is provided by Baltimore-based Diefenbaker.
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September 21, 2019

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The FQXi August 19, 2019 Podcast features:
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Downward Causation -- George Ellis
Investigating agency, cosmologist George Ellis argues that causation is a two-way process between the mind and lower level biological and physical functions. From the 6th FQXi meeting in Tuscany, in July.
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“The abstract plan is the causal agent which is making things occur”, “ …the causal power of abstract entities”, physicist George Ellis' Downward Causation podcast. George Ellis is a Platonist.

What are these Platonic entities that, according to Ellis, control the world? What sort of dualism best describes the world: do foreign Platonic entities control a dumb puppet matter, OR does matter itself know and build its own relationships from the ground up?

I’m not sure why...


Georgi,

That is a grey area. On one hand loss of cognitive ability deprives an individual of content about what a choice is about. On the other hand, If we didn't immediately forget all the minutiae our sensory perception constantly is subjected to (the color and its qualities, texture, apparent type of material; of every visible article of clothing on every body we pass at rush hour... and all the other sights, sounds, smells and tactile sensations) we wouldn't be able to function at...


Professor Ellis, Here is your paper that I read well on arxiv about this downward causation published with Barbara Drossel. I liked the generality of your ideas. The emergences appearing...

https://arxiv.org/pdf/1908.10186.pdf

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