Matt and Dave are dropped head-first into a world where Descartes was right. Yet – proclaims the polyonymous entity from the shadows of this cyberpunk anime – ‘neither science nor philosophy can explain what life is’. Set in future Japan, Motoko Kusanagi is a cyborg security agent, pondering such intangibles while fighting terror. From Gilbert Ryle to Samuel Butler’s Erewhon, we explore accounts of the mind-body problem, and the problem of machine reproduction.
Released 22 May 2021 | 30 mins
SEASON 2 : SPRING 2021 > EPISODE 10 : GHOST IN THE SHELL (1995)
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> Erewhon: or, Over the Range (1872) by Samuel Butler, first published anonymously, at Project Gutenberg.
> The Concept of Mind (1949) by Gilbert Ryle, check out the introduction, ‘Rethinking Ryle: A Critical Discussion of The Concept of Mind’ by Julia Tanney
No doubt we have made any number of errors, blunders, and boo-boos. We didn’t notice any we left in the edit this episode… but if you spot any, let us know!