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These lectures really got me thinking, which is exactly what metaphysics should do. Professor David K. Johnson, (although he has sort of a nerdy voice), does an amazing job of leading the listener by the hand through each lecture. The lectures are structured and organized in a way that each one leads into the next topic. <br/><br/>I HIGHLY recommend these lectures for anyone looking to broaden their mind or enjoy thinking outside of the box.<br/><br/>9.1 / 10.0
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Some very intriguing mysteries are discussed: <br/>• Philosophy of mind (theories around the relationship between the brain and the mind)<br/>• Identifying personal identity<br/>• The existence of free will<br/>• The existence of God<br/>• The nature of time<br/>• The origin of our universe<br/>• Do multi-verses exist<br/>• The nature of reality itself<br/><br/>But I was left feeling like the professor’s style just didn’t help make this course “pop”. It was like he was rushing through a lot of the topics/theories without taking the time to either provide more explanations/examples or let them sink in before he was off to the next topic. He also seemed to “push” his own beliefs/theories to the point of almost over-arguing. You could tell which ones he didn’t believe in because he would start off saying “there are many problems with this…” and then proceed to go through the reasons (without explaining rebuttals), and end up with some mind twisting explanation as to why “logic” dictates it must be wrong. But I am not an experienced philosopher so for all I know he may be using all of the tenants of the discipline appropriately in proving theories! Content good; Presentation not so good; But I would still consider this a solid course and worth listening to if you are interested in exploring the nature of beings and of reality itself. The content was arranged in a cohesive manner and the end of the last lecture nicely summarized all of the topics and conclusions.<br/><br/>Pluses:<br/>• Engaging discussion on these topics:<br/>o Discussion on Philosophy of Mind: theories around the relationship between the brain and the mind, where does mind exist, and whether we can build computers to become “minded” with consciousness (and how we should relate to them if we can) <br/>o The problem of identifying personal identity: if our bodies are physically changing every so many years (cells replacing themselves), our personalities changing, and in some cases we lose our memories through amnesia then are you the same person (as a unique identity) you were 30 years ago? Different interpretations on how identity is considered preserved in various science fiction-type thought experiments and scenarios are debated <br/>o A being (think the traditional concept of God) having the qualities of omnipotence (all powerful), omniscience (all knowing), and omnibenevolence (all morally good) poses logical contradictions and incompatibilities in and of the qualities themselves<br/>o The professor’s arguments against the Cosmological and Teleological arguments for God’s existence (the existence of the world and the design of it, respectively) provide an interesting perspective of the debate regardless of where you come down on the belief<br/>Minuses:<br/>• The professor provided good thought-provoking thought experiments to consider the above topics but his teaching style didn’t help some of the discussion to sink in; For example there are times he talks too fast when I’d hope for a slowdown and further explanation of a theory<br/>• While the professor provides interesting arguments against the existence of the soul and of God it feels like he is steering too much (perhaps feeling a need to over-argue?) vs. allowing the listener to decide for themselves<br/>
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Covers the landscape of metaphysics well, perfectly fine as an introduction to the subject. I liked the readers style found him to be humorous and a good communicator of the concepts. ( some reviewers didn't like his voice - to fussy in my opinion, didn't bother me one iota) Enjoyed it and if you are interested in learning about the ultimate nature of reality this is a good place to start.
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After a short listen to the preview it seemed very interesting although the readers voice was a little odd. After buying it and listening, I could not stand the high machine gun like staccato rendition of a subject by the professor it probably would have been very interesting indeed.
If a reader of some ability was to comfortably pass on this information I would really like to "get into" Metaphysics. What a shame, the other courses have been very good.
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What made the experience of listening to Exploring Metaphysics the most enjoyable?
Highly entertaining and informative. The narrator has a great sense of humour and explains all the mind-bending topics with great clarity. I have listened to some of the chapters many times and still love it.<br/>Will read again.
The topics, while being very complex, are explained thoroughly and gradually so I never felt overwhelmed.