Barry Loewer (left) and Tim O’Connor (right) on emergence, quantum mechanics, and consciousness.
O’Connor defends, and Loewer opposes, strong emergentism: the view that there are properties and laws beyond those which can be captured by any fundamental physical theory. After clarifying their positions, they discuss (starting at 30:01) whether quantum mechanics supports or undermines O’Connor’s view. Then (starting at 43:27) they turn to phenomena of consciousness, and consider whether the immediacy and simplicity of conscious experience provide evidence of strong emergence.
Production note: We apologize for an audio-video sync issue that appears on Loewer’s side.
Edited (with Antonella Corradini): Emergence in Science and Philosophy (2010)
with John Ross Churchill: “Nonreductive Physicalism or Emergent Dualism?” (2008)
Persons and Causes: The Metaphysics of Free Will (2000)