Instructional Video

Mary's Room: A Philosophical Thought Experiment

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Must someone consciously experience a concept before they can know everything about its physics? Viewers are left to ponder this Knowledge Argument after viewing a short philosophical thought experiment that pits conscious experience against physicalism.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Due to the complex nature of the argument, stop the video frequently and check for understanding
  • Most appropriate for a higher level philosophy class
Classroom Considerations
  • While many of the TED-ED videos are appropriate for a flipped classroom, due to the heavily philosophical nature of the Mary's Room experiment, this resource would be best viewed in class
  • The resource includes links to related resources that provide background information on Jackson's original paper, on the knowledge argument, and on the philosophical concept of physicalism
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