Philosophical #Zombies @Deakin today from 4-5.30pm in ic1.108 on the Waurn Ponds campus

Philosophical Zombies
Monday 27 May, 4-5.30pm in ic1.108

Can physical causes account for consciousness?

If so, David Chalmers argues, then beings could exist — zombies — who look and behave like us in every way except that they don't have a conscious experience of their existence. Why? Because a purely physical or material account of human existence and behaviour does not require an account of consciousness. As far a neuroscience or behavioural psychology are concerned, for example, consciousness is redundant for the account — an explanatory excess.

Nevertheless, we experience consciousness.

Therefore, or so David Chalmers argues (if I have understood him correctly), a purely physical/material account of what it is to be a human being cannot explain the existence of consciousness.

Grapple, grapple, grapple with the philosophical zombies.

We'll discuss Chalmers' work.

We'll discuss this 10 minute interview with Chalmers on his 1996 book The Conscious Mind:

And another short but much more recent interview with Chalmers on consciousness (He has almost mastered the Descartes look):

A couple of great resources on philosophical zombies are this 1999 paper by Daniel Dennett on philosophical zombies, and the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on Philosophical Zombies.

Kind regards,

Dylan Nickelson,
Treasurer, Deakin Philosophical Society.

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P.S. Details of forthcoming Deakin Tuesday Philosophy Seminars are available on the Philevents website.

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Philosophy Cafe @BarkingDogPako, ‘Changing styles in music–1500 and Beyonce!’, Wed 29 May from 7-9pm

May Philosophy Café
Malcolm John, Associate Artist at the Australian Music Centre, presents: ‘Changing styles in music – 1500 and Beyonce!’
Wednesday 29 May from 7-9pm at The Barking Dog hotel, 126 Pakington Street, Geelong West.

On Wednesday 29 May from 7-9pm at The Barking Dog hotel, Malcolm John, Associate Artist at the Australian Music Centre, will present ‘Changing styles in music – 1500 and Beyonce!’

ABSTRACT
From the power of the church and courts of Europe to promote music for their own purposes, through the patronage years of the Renaissance & Classic periods, to the individualised Romanticism and growing middle class of the 19th Century, music has played an important role in a changing society. In the 20th Century, mass communication and new electronic inventions have made music immediate, popular, and available to all.

Malcolm John

Malcolm John

MALCOLM JOHN
Malcolm John was educated at Ballarat and Geelong Colleges, and received his B.Mus from the University of Melbourne. He studied at the Juilliard School of Music, New York, where he gained a Diploma in Chorale Conducting. He also completed his Ph.D on Youth Music-Drama at the University of York, UK, and is an Associate of the Royal College of Music in piano pedagogy. His teachers include Max Cooke, John Ingram, Vincent Persichetti and Wilfrid Mellers. His book, 20th Century Music Drama in Schools, was a 1970 C.U.P. publication. Influences have been, among others, Britten, Hindemith, Bach & Bartok, and his style is usually linear, clear-cut and often transparent, with a mostly conservative harmonic and rhythmic texture.

Malcolm John’s music is essentially crafted for the performers for which it is written; it is lyric in style, with a touch of challenge. Amateur & youth groups are favoured, as is the sympathetic setting of texts, which are occasionally composed for solo performance.

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What philosophers believe, Mon 20 May, 4-5.30pm, ic1.108, @Deakin Waurn Ponds campus

What philosophers believe
Monday 20 May from 4-5.30pm in ic1.108 on the WP campus

Okay, Monday's meeting, 4-5.30pm in ic1.108 on the Waurn Ponds campus, at it we'll discuss what (professional) philosophers believe.

Those of you who mix in philosophy circles may have heard about the survey of professional philosophers conducted through PhilPapers. The post-survey discussion has focused on the question about belief in God. 73% of philosophers surveyed are atheists.

We'll discuss the questions, the responses, may even answer the questions ourselves, and will have a jolly good time doing it.

Relevant links:

General article about survey:

http://io9.com/what-percentage-of-philosophers-believe-in-god-485784336

The survey:

http://philpapers.org/philpapers/raw/survey.pdf

Discussion about the survey:

http://philpapers.org/surveys/

David Chalmers on the survey:

http://fragments.consc.net/djc/2010/11/more-philpapers-survey-results.html

Kind regards,

Dylan Nickelson,

Treasurer, Deakin Philosophical Society.

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P.S. Details of forthcoming Deakin Tuesday Philosophy Seminars are available on the Philevents website.

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Fmr Dep PM John Anderson, ‘Faith & Duty’, Mon 29 Apr, 7-8.30pm, Peter Thwaites Lecture Theatre

Anderson Monday presentation

Former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson speaks at Deakin University on 'Faith & Duty', Monday 29 April from 7-8.30pm in the Peter Thwaites Lecture Theatre on the Waurn Ponds campus.

The event is hosted by the Deakin University Christian Union.

All are welcome to attend, though seats are limited.

Dylan.

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Fmr Dep PM John Anderson on ‘The decline of the West’, Wed 1 May, 5-7.30pm @Deakin

Anderson Wednesday presentation

Former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson speaks at Deakin University on 'The Decline of the West', Wednesday 1 May from 5-7.30pm in the function room above the KD Stewart Center on the Waurn Ponds campus.

The event is hosted by the Deakin University Christian Union.

All are welcome to attend.

Dylan.

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Apr24 #Philosophy @BarkingDogPako Leesa Davis, Buddhist eccentrics: philosophical underpinnings of crazy wisdom

April Philosophy Café
Dr Leesa S Davis, Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University presents: ‘Buddhist eccentrics: philosophical underpinnings of crazy wisdom’
Wednesday 24 April from 7-9pm at The Barking Dog hotel, 126 Pakington Street, Geelong West.

On Wednesday 24 April from 7-9pm at The Barking Dog hotel, Dr Leesa S Davis, Lecturer in Philosophy at Deakin University, will present ‘Buddhist eccentrics: philosophical underpinnings of crazy wisdom’.

ABSTRACT
A student, seeking instruction, asks a Buddhist teacher to explain the essence of Zen. Instead of answering, the teacher grabs his nose and gives it a hard yank. An aspirant questions his teacher on the meaning of the Sutras and is told to ‘eat when hungry, drink when thirsty’. After sitting in meditation day after day another student is told by his master that he would have more luck polishing a brick to make a mirror than attaining any spiritual insight through meditation.

Chinese Chan Buddhism, best known in its later Japanese form of Zen, is famous for these radically unconventional teacher-student exchanges and for the iconoclastic and sometimes bizarre teaching ‘strategies’ of its masters. Using biographies of Zen teachers and some paradigmatic teacher-student exchanges this talk will show how the distinctive rhetoric and performative gestures of Zen are underpinned by the fundamental metaphysical tenets of Buddhism: impermanence, no-self and interdependence. Seen in this light, the exchanges are dynamic attempts to experientially ignite key philosophical and spiritual understandings and are examples of philosophy in action.

Leesa S Davis

Dr Leesa S Davis

Dr LEESA S DAVIS
Leesa S Davis is a lecturer in philosophy at Deakin University. She is the author of Advaita Vedanta and Zen Buddhism: deconstructive modes of spiritual inquiry (Continuum UK 2010) and has written on Hindu and Buddhist philosophy, meditative experience, Buddhist ethics, and Buddhism in Australia. She is currently working on a book on the use of paradox in Zen Buddhism.

Philosophy Café is held on the last Wednesday of each month (February to November) at The Barking Dog hotel, 126 Pakington St, Geelong West.

Entry is free and includes a glass of wine and nibbles.

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.@DeakinPhilSoc meeting. ‘What is Love?’ 15 April, 4-5.30pm. #philosophy @Deakin #Geelong

Friends,

DPS meeting
What is love?
Monday 15 April from 4-5.30pm in ic1.108 on Deakin's Waurn Ponds campus

Following on from last week's theme of polyamory, at Monday's meeting (15 Apr, 4-5.30pm in ic1.108), the DPS will discuss a TED lecture by Ester Perel on the secret to desire in a long-term relationship.

It's worth familiarising yourself with the various conceptions of love used by the Ancient Greeks, too, as these have come up at the last two meetings and will no doubt arise again this coming meeting.

Kind regards,

Dylan Nickelson,
Treasurer, Deakin Philosophical Society.

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P.S. Also note that the details of forthcoming Deakin Tuesday Philosophy Seminars are available on the Philevents website.

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[10 April] Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli and co-founders of PolyVic present ‘Polyamory’. #polyamory #philosophy

Deakin Philosophical Society special event
Polyamory: a presentation and discussion with Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, Peter Haydon and Anne Hunter
Wednesday 10 April from 5-6.30pm in ib3.307 on the Waurn Ponds campus

This Wednesday, 10 April, from 5-6.30pm in ib3.307 on the Waurn Ponds campus (the old meeting room), Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli (Senior Lecturer in Social Diversity and Health in the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin) and Peter Haydon and Anne Hunter (co-founders of PolyVic) will be giving a special guest presentation to the Deakin Philosophical SOciety on the topic of polyamory.

The presentation will be approximately 15 minutes in length, after which a discussion of the topic will take place.

Dr Pallotta-Chiarolli is an active researcher in gender diversity, cultural diversity and sexual diversity in relation to social, emotional, mental and sexual health.

Peter Haydon and Anne Hunter co-founded PolyVic, Melbourne’s polyamorous community, in 2004 and have been facilitating workshops, discussion groups and forums on polyamory since then.

This event is open to the public and to all Deakin students.

We hope to see you there.

Kind regards,

Dylan Nickelson,
Treasurer, Deakin Philosophical Society

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P.S. Also note that the Deakin Tuesday Seminar Series starts up again this week after the Easter break. Details of coming presentations are available on the Philevents website.

Polyamory poster

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DPS meeting: Can you love more than one person at a time? #polyamory

Deakin Philosophical Society meeting
Can you love more than one person at a time?
Monday 8 April from 4-5.30pm in ic1.108 on the Waurn Ponds campus

From 4-5.30pm on Monday 8 April, the Deakin Philosophical Society will meet to discuss the question ‘Can you love more than one person at a time?’ Discussion will focus on an article by Derek McCullough and David S. Hall, Ph.D., entitled ‘Polyamory – What it is and what it isn’t’. The article, from the Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, can be found online here.

The meeting will serve as preparation for a special guest presentation to the DPS on Wednesday 10 April by Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli (Senior Lecturer in Social Diversity and Health in the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin) and Peter Haydon and Anne Hunter (c-founders of PolyVic). Details of the guest presentation are below.

Hope to see you there.

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DPS Meeting: Montaigne’s ‘Of Drunkenness’ and ‘Of Experience’. 25 Mar. #Philosophy #Montaigne

Deakin Philosophical Society meeting
Montaigne’s ‘Of Drunkenness’ and ‘Of Experience’
Monday 25 March from 4-5.30pm near ic1.108 on the Waurn Ponds campus

From 4-5.30pm on Monday 25 March, in preparation for Dr Matthew Sharpe’s Philosophy Café presentation on Wednesday 27 March (see below), the Deakin Philosophical Society will meet to discuss two essays by Montaigne: ‘Of Drunkenness’ and ‘Of Experience’.

Our new meeting room, ic1.108, is pre-booked until 4.30pm, so we’ll meet out the front of the room at 4pm and begin the meeting in the open area with couches just near ic1.108, moving to the room once the other meeting has finished.

You can access ‘Of Drunkenness’ and ‘Of Experience’ online (Follow the links).

If pressed for time, read ‘Of Drunkenness’. We’ll discuss that first and only move on to ‘Of Experience’ if time permits.

Hope to see you there,

Dylan Nickelson,
Treasurer, Deakin Philosophical Society

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