Internationally renowned playwright Tom Stoppard was in Philadelphia last night for a discussion with philosopher and cognitive scientist David Chalmers. Chalmers coined the phrase “the hard problem” to describe “the largest outstanding obstacle in our quest for a scientific understanding of the universe”: why a subjective inner life exists. Stoppard took this phrase for the title and concept of his newest work THE HARD PROBLEM, which gets its Philadelphia premiere at the Wilma Theater from January 6 through February 6, 2016.
The conversation took place at the Wilma and was moderated by Elisabeth Camp, associate professor of philosophy at Rutgers University. Theater webmagazine Howlround livestreamed the conversation and provide this video.