A philosophical look at the mind with neurologist dr. robert burton
September 7, 2017
In this episode, Haley talks with neurologist and author, Dr. Robert Burton, about the most complexly organized form of matter in the known universe, the human brain. More specifically, Dr. Burton talks about the mind-brain paradox and explains some key distinctions between conscious and unconscious thought. We also talk about his books, A Skeptic’s Guide to the Mind and On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You’re Not.
Quotes from this episode:
"The sensation of being right or being certain arises out of the same reward system is that has fueled opiate addiction, cocaine addiction, alcoholism. There's an enormous pleasure in being right and an enormous discomfort in being uncertain or ambivalent. So, you have to actually force yourself to overcome your own biology, which is really hard to do, but it seems to be the only possible answer." - Dr. Robert Burton
"Our mental limitations prevent us from recognizing our mental limitations." - Dr. Robert Burton
Resources from this episode:
The Complexity of Social Problems is Outsmarting the Human Brain by Dr. Robert Burton