The Weirdness of the World

Eric Schwitzgebel

in draft

In this book, I argue that the world is fundamentally weird. By this I mean that with regard to foundational matters in cosmology, metaphysics, and philosophy of mind, one or another of various bizarre possibilities must be true, but our best science and philosophy don't put us in a position to know which of those bizarre possibilities is in fact correct.


Chapters

1. In Praise of Weirdness

2. If Materialism Is True, the United States Is Probably Conscious

3. Universal Bizarreness and Universal Dubiety

4. 1% Skepticism

5. Kant Meets Cyberpunk

6. An Innocent and Wonderful Definition of Consciousness

7. Experimental Evidence for the Existence of an External World

8. The Loose Friendship of Visual Experience and Reality

9. Is There Something It's Like to Be a Garden Snail? Or: How Sparse or Abundant Is Consciousness in the Universe?

10. The Moral Status of Future Artificial Intelligence: Doubts and a Dilemma

11. Weirdness and Wonder

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This book is currently in DRAFT, under contract with Princeton University Press to appear in late 2022 or early 2023.

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