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Rene Descartes, one of the most influential philosophers ever, thought the mind was like an open book that could be read by the light of reason. So there was nothing that we could not access or exa...mine in our own minds. In fact Descartes argued that consciousness was the mind - there was nothing beyond it. Now we see the mind as a labyrinthine cellar full of bric-a-brac and untapped rooms of which consciousness is merely one - and a small one at that. Barry Smith charts this change and explains some of the contemporary thinking about consciousness.
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Series: A history of ideas
First transmission date: 2015-04-17
Original broadcast channel: BBC Radio 4
Published: 2015
Rights Statement: Rights owned or controlled by The Open University
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Duration: 00:12:00
Note: Radio 4 version
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Producer: Tim Dee
Presenter: Barry Smith
Contributors: Barry Smith; Anita Avramides
Publisher: BBC Open University
Production number: PEK14000207
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