For today’s Philosophy Friday, here’s a look at a well-known concept that has emerged from Taoist philosophy is wu wei, that can be translated as “non-action”, “effortless action”, or the paradoxical “action of non-action”.

Watch this video to explore this concept and what is has to do with “flow” and even a resemblance to stoicism. 

For this Philosophy Friday, I think this talk by John Searle, the Slusser Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley.

In this “Talk at Google” he focuses on the philosophy of mind and the potential for consciousness in artificial intelligence.  John is widely noted for his contributions to the philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and social philosophy. Searle has received the Jean Nicod Prize, the National Humanities Medal, and the Mind & Brain Prize for his work. Among his notable concepts is the “Chinese room” argument against “strong” artificial intelligence.