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The Social Science of Hayek’s The Sensory Order

Here are the publisher’s details for this soon-to-be released volume that includes my paper “Hayek: cognitive scientist avant la lettre“

Hayek: cognitive scientist avant la lettre

Here is the uncorrected proof of my essay – do not cite.

Closer to Truth: Consciousness

I’m pleased to have discovered a superb website that accompanies the PBS series Closer to Truth. The definitive series on the latest advances in brain, mind, free will, personal identity, alien intelligence, parapsychology, afterlife, and brain-mind critical thinking. Interviewer Robert Lawrence Kuhn does a super job of guiding the discussion for a lay audience and pretty…

Social Indentity

Colin McGinn poses a fair question: if Obama is half white why is he considered black? Colin is of course making the point that essentialism in these issues is not sustainable and this is reflected in the variety of very good responses to his question, perspectives that bring in fine-grained distinctions that would have never occured to…

The ‘Hard Problem’ – Consciousness, Experience, and Mind

This past Monday I presented a talk to the Advanced Seminar Program at the Chicago-based Zygon Center for Religion and Science and editorial home of the journal Zygon: Journal of Science & Religion. My host was Zygon’s editor Phil Hefner. The theme of this year’s seminar was The ‘Hard Problem’ – Consciousness, Experience, and Mind – my talk dealt…

Naturalizing Religion

I notice that Oxford’s Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion and the Centre for Anthropology and Mind have received a big grant for the “study of the cognitive science of religion” from the Templeton Foundation. Who’d have thought that the project of naturalizing religion would become so sexy – for reasons I won’t go…