Below is a list of videos about philosophy and/or cognitive science. Feel free to share it or suggest additions.
1. (Shortish) Films
Daniel Dennett’s brian gets removed!
From an old (old!) docudrama featuring Daniel Dennett and Douglas Hofstadter. (See also Part 2 and Part 3)
“The film takes us on a journey across the five cities as nine real-world philosophers and scientists… provide insights on free will, the nature of reality and the psychology of choice & happiness.”
The Final Moments of Karl Brant
“Set in the near future where experimental technology allows two detectives to bring a murder victim back to life [or just back to consciousness?] in a digital state in order to question him about his final moments.”
2. Video Series
A History of Ideas
Two minute animated videos explaining important ideas and concepts in the history of thought. From BBC.
A History of Philosophy in 81 Lectures: Ancient Greece to Modern Times
From Arthur F. Holmes course at Wheaton College. Covers Plato, Aquinas, Hobbes, Descartes, Spinoza, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Sartre, and a few others.
Advanced Logic (University of Melbourne)
“Short video lectures of 5 to 25 minutes, introducing concepts in the metatheory of first order predicate logic. ”
“Aeon Video screens contemporary and classic short documentaries, exploring the intersections between nature, culture and ideas.”
California Cognitive Science Conference at UC Berkeley
Videos from a conference by The Cognitive Science Student Association (CSSA), whose mission is to support and enrich the academic life of undergraduates interested in the interdisciplinary field of Cognitive Science at UC Berkeley.
A YouTube channel with hundreds of videos on topics like philosophy of science, logic, religion, and others.
Crash Course: Philosophy
Short, entertaining, enlightening videos about philosophy.
Crash Course: Psychology
Short, entertaining, enlightening videos about psychology.
Dr. Dan Halliday talks with the philosophers, and helps place their ideas in a real world context. All episodes are 12 minutes long.
Short (3-5 minute) videos about the cognitive science, especially the cognitive science of learning.
IAI TV’s “Philosophy for our Times”
1000+ debates from the world’s leading thinkers. And that’s not an exaggeration. From the Institute for Art and Ideas (IAI).
Introductory Logic (University of Melbourne)
Short ‘lectures’ of 5 to 25 minutes, each introducing a basic concept in logic.
John Corvino’s YouTube Channel
John Corvino (PhD) is a professor at Wayne State University and makes short, well-produced videos about foundational philosophical concepts as well as rigorous analysis of the philosophical assumptions in public discourse (e.g., about sexuality).
Minds Online – Conference Presentations
Videos presentations from the annual Minds Online conferences.
Modal and Non-classical Logic (University of Melbourne)
“Short ‘lectures’ of 5 to 25 minutes, introducing concepts in modal and non-classical logic.”
Montreal Clinical Research Institute
The Montreal Institute of Clinical Research (IRCM) does loads of research. Cognitive scientists and philosophers will be interested in their events about bioethics and cognitive enhancement. (In English and French).
Music Meets Philosophy
Hannah Hoffman “inspire[s] intellectual curiosity through songs that are both educational and entertaining.” A great way to commit philosophical ideas, tools, and stories to memory!
Neural Mechanisms Online
The first international cycle of online seminars on the Philosophy of Neuroscience.
Philosophy at The University of Edinburgh
“…lectures and seminars by both members our faculty and by visiting speakers.”
Philosophy at University of Nottingham
“Discussing philosophy with the experts at the University of Nottingham”
Philosophy for Beginners
A “series of five introductory lectures, aimed at students new to philosophy” by Dr. Talbot at the University of Oxford.
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Split-screen conversations between philosophers on all sorts of philosophical topics.
Philosophy professors Scott Aikin and Robert Talisse have unscripted 15-minute discussions about argumentation theory, perennial problems in philosophy, current events, questions in political theory, puzzles about knowledge, to issues in the academia.
Psi (Web Series)
Nine episodes on the question of human freedom and choice, featuring 9 philosophers and scientists.
Social (Distance) Epistemology
Weekly virtual videos featuring scholars discussion timely research about social epistemology—i.e., the ways in which humans collectively communicate, disagree, and learn.
Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)
Videos from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), the word’s largest organization of personality and social psychologists.
The Big Questions by TED-Ed
Learn about a philosophy puzzle in under 5 minutes with these YouTube videos made by TED and scholars from all over the world.
The Global Philosopher
BBC and a philosophers partner up to analyze the most fraught political questions of our time. (HT to Philosophy Bites’ David Edmonds.)
“…a video series for anyone who likes to talk about interesting things with knowledgeable people. [Each starts with] relevant background information […] as a jumping-off point […] for conversation.”
UC Berkeley Psychology Department
Videos from events put on the UC Berkeley’s psychology department.
Videos from the School of Psychology at University College Dublin, Ireland.
UQ – School of Psychology
The University of Queensland’s School of Psychology’s YouTube channel.
Clear, concise, and charming videos about philosophy. No background in philosophy needed.
Is there a video series or YouTube channel that should be on this list? Feel free to say so in the comments or by contacting me.
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