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Episode 18 – Avicenna


On this episode of the podcast we learn about Avicenna, a 9th century Arabic philosopher who is most known for his “Flying Man” thought experiment. We discuss the mind-body connection (or lack thereof) and ask ourselves what becomes of an iPhone if you pulverize it in a blender. We also work in two Breaking Bad references, and apply Avicenna’s Flying Man argument to modern day ethical dilemmas relating to life support. All this and more on the latest episode of Philosophize This!

Philosophize This! Does Avicenna’s Flying Man thought experiment really make it impossible for the body and mind to be inseparable? Answer in the comments below.

See the full transcript of this episode here.

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