This mind-bending tour of metaphysics applies philosophy to the forefront of today’s knowledge. Over the course of 24 fascinating lectures, Professor Johnson thinks through the big questions about humans and the universe: The relationship between the mind and the brain, how consciousness emerges from neurochemical processes, the existence of God, human free will, the possibility of time travel, and whether we live in a multiverse or even a computer simulation.

Drawing from the realms of psychology, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and philosophy, the first half of the course examines the defining traits of being human. You’ll explore the connection between brains and minds, as well as the nature of the self, time, and human free will.

The second half of the course shifts from the nature of the individual to the nature of the universe. Here metaphysics, science, and theology all intersect as you consider the existence of God, the science behind relativity, and the bizarre-even spooky-world of quantum mechanics.

Although the subject has ancient roots, the metaphysics you study in this course is far from an esoteric system of thought. Indeed, this material is very much alive today-at the forefront of philosophy, physics, and medical technology. When you complete this course, you will have a much richer perspective on the world around you. Virtually every lecture will challenge some of your bedrock beliefs about yourself and the universe.

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3 thoughts on “Exploring Metaphysics

  1. Quantum Physics is weird, this lecture is not This was an extraordinarily good lecture series. The science that explains the best way of thinking about the problem was always at the center of the lecture. I had not realize that most of my readings about science and philosophy had met at the intersection of metaphysics so nicely until I listened to this series. I will end up getting a book on metaphysics because I can’t find any more on this topic at audible. For me, I hate reading and it’s a real compliment to this lecturer because I’m…

  2. Does what good academics do: teach us to question There are, of course, certain “truths” or “facts,” i.e. this elephant weights 6ooo pounds…but we humans determined, by mutual agreement, what constitutes a “pound.” It is in this space that most theoretical and metaphysical questions reside. As such, the purpose of education is not, on the whole, to impart “correct” answers or one’s own world view; its purpose is to teach students the art of critical thinking whereby they can determine for themselves the…

  3. It appears like most of the debates are on precisely defining the … Imagine if one was still trying to explain the physical world with the mathematical tools that existed three millennia ago. As one listens to various confusions and paradoxes in these lectures, one strongly gets that feeling that metaphysics is possibly facing this issue of inadequacy of antiquated tools and methods. Many of its problems are rooted in the practices it deploys (for example, a proposition is either true or not true and if neither, it is a proof that it cannot be).To…

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