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Can Rocks Think?

11 August, 2020.7:30 pm-9:00 pm

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Can Rocks Think?

Tuesday 11th August 2020. 7.30pm until 9.00pm. Free via ZOOM.


‘Can rocks think?’ is a question that brings our interests at the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre into the same focus as a new trend in mainstream philosophy (Panpsychism). Might all things have consciousness? What are we to make of the existence of consciousness itself, a thing so familiar that we may hardly notice it at all? What is the relationship between consciousness and our brains? Between consciousness and the other parts of our minds? Between consciousness and the rest of the universe?


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About the Speaker

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Professor Lance Butler

Future Chair of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre

Lance Butler taught literature, literary theory and stylistics at the Universities of Stirling in the UK, and Pau in France before retiring to Edinburgh recently. He is the author of books on Samuel Beckett and Philosophy, on Thomas Hardy, on the Victorian Loss of Faith and on Stylistics. 

Since discovering the Scientific and Medical Network in the 1980s he has been researching the question of ‘life after death’ and what is known about the possibility of the Survival of Consciousness beyond our final moments.

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11 August, 2020
7:30 pm-9:00 pm
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The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre
25 Palmerston Place
Edinburgh, EH12 5AP United Kingdom


The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre
0131 625 0700

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