By Colin McGinn

During this path, Rutgers college philosophy professor Colin McGinn explores the most philosophical difficulties, with each one lecture investigating varied questions.

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Is Perception Consciousness? We just examined mind and brain, but CONSIDER THIS . . what about the relation between mind and world—specifically perception and its What is perception? objects? We see and touch objects—or so we think—but are the objects really as they Do we really see appear to us? How close is appearance to objects? Or do we reality? Do we see objects as they really only see qualities are, or do they come to us disguised by the subjectivity we bring to the perceptual of objects?

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The Suggested Reading for this lecture is Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species. Is There a God? CONSIDER THIS . . One of the things that got me into philosophy was wonIs there “proof” that God exists? dering about the existence of God. Especially if you are a Must all events have a cause? believer, you want to know whether God’s existence can be rationally established. Is belief in God just something people are indoctrinated in or are there rational grounds for this belief? People used to believe in weather gods, gods of love, evil demons, fairies, and the like (some still do), but a rational person will want to know whether these are just fantasies or things that can be established on the basis of argument or observation.

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