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What Tom Stoppard Says About Consciousness in His New Play

Alain Elkann | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
Alain Elkann

The "hard problem" as you probably know is actually a phrase referring to the problem of accounting for consciousness. Most things are not conscious. This table we are sitting at isn't conscious. Vegetables aren't conscious. We are conscious, and nobody understands how we do that; physically, scientifically or metaphysically. Nobody really knows; and that's the "hard problem."

Attali: Why A ‘Positive Economy' Is Our Only Hope

The European | Max Toll | Posted 01.12.2015 | World

Jacques Attali is one of France’s leading intellectuals and an expert on issues ranging from classical economics to classical music. He told Max...

Piketty: 'The Myth Of National Sovereignty Helps Big Corporations Screw Us Over'

The European | Max Tholl and Florian Guckelsberger | Posted 01.05.2015 | World

French economist Thomas Piketty has put inequality back on the map and is being hailed as the Karl Marx of the 21st century. He talked to Max Thol...

Why Fat Is A Feminist Issue

The European | Susie Orbach | Posted 01.05.2015 | World

What do bodies and nationalism have in common and what is the link between beauty and consumption? Julia Korbik talked to British psychotherapist ...

Peter Singer: 'We Need To Be More Cautious With Our Caution'

The European | Lars Mensel and Max Tholl | Posted 11.26.2014 | World

Peter Singer is the world’s most prominent and controversial moral philosopher. He talked with Lars Mensel and Max Tholl about techno-skepticism...

Tunisia Is Where The Arab Spring Worked -- And Why

The European | Florian Guckelsberger and Lars Mensel | Posted 11.26.2014 | World

Florian Guckelsberger and Lars Mensel of The European sat down with Rafik Abdessalem -- the former foreign minister of Tunisia and a leading membe...

'Architecture Is An Expression Of Values'

The European | Max Tholl | Posted 11.20.2014 | World

Sir Norman Foster is the mastermind behind some of the world’s most iconic buildings. With Max Tholl, he discussed how architecture helps us com...

Bloomberg: 'People Care About Services, Not Ideologies'

The European | Max Tholl | Posted 06.25.2014 | World

As a former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg knows what challenges cities have to face today and how to respond to them. He told Max Thol...

Benjamin Barber: Nation States No Longer Work -- But Cities Do

The European | Posted 12.19.2014 | World

The European: Mr. Barber, what is more interesting to you: local elections or the political scramble on the national stage? Barber: There’s a dir...