Reason, Responsibility, and Roombas (With Paul Bloom)
About This Episode
Can a fully determined creature deliberate? How big a role does conscious reasoning play in moral judgment and everyday life? Are we responsible for our thoughts and actions? Paul Bloom rejoins us against his better judgment to discuss his book "Just Babies" and his recent article in The Atlantic that set the internet on the fire and riled up the likes of Sam Harris and Jerry Coyne. Plus, what's the difference (if any) between getting into a Star Trek transporter and getting an axe to the head, and why does David know so much about boy bands?
- Just Babies by Paul Bloom [amazon.com-vbw affiliate link]
- The War on Reason by Paul Bloom [theatlantic.com]
- Jerry Coyne replies to Paul Bloom's Article [whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com]
- Bloom replies to Coyne [whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com]
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