Here’s the notes for episode #9 of The Meaning of Everything show.

We often talk about the brain like a computer, but is that really how it works? This week Stefani chats with philosopher Nat Barrett who argues that most cognitive scientists completely misconceptualize the brain. There’s some radical change underway today in terms of how we understand the brain–and Barrett is at the cutting edge of understanding. Tune in and learn both how we become the way we are and the role the brain plays in our thoughts and feelings.

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Nathaniel Barrett is a research fellow and member of the Mind-Brain Project at the Institute for Culture and Society, University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain). He completed his PhD at the Graduate Division of Religious Studies at Boston University in a program that combined philosophy of religion with philosophy and history of science. His dissertation used complexity science and process metaphysics to interpret the theme of spontaneity (wuwei and ziran) in Chinese religious thought. His research has since covered diverse topics in Chinese philosophy, environmental philosophy, and the cognitive science of religion. In recent years his work has increasingly focused on philosophy of mind and cognitive science, especially topics related to affect, motivation, normativity, and value. He is currently working on a book about the nature and evolution of enjoyment

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