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Trailing Hayek in Mind

Here is the table of contents for my forthcoming (in press) edited volume focusing on The Sensory Order – this is the first salvo of shameless promotion. CONTENTS “SOCIALIZING” THE MIND AND “COGNITIVIZING” SOCIALITY Leslie Marsh “MARGINAL MEN”: WEIMER ON HAYEK Walter Weimer PART I: NEUROSCIENCE HAYEK IN TODAY’S COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE Joaquín Fuster THE NON-CARTESIAN…

Ryle and Oakeshott

At last here is the book in which my essay “Ryle and Oakeshott on the know-how/know-that distinction” appears, masterly edited by Corey Abel. A draft of the paper can be found here. Don’t get hung up by the use of the word “conservatism” in the collection’s title – Oakeshott’s conservatism bears no resemblance to those…

Ryle on Video

Thanks to this blog here is a five-part discussion between the wonderful Gilbert Ryle and James Urmson. (I notice from the Stanford Encylopedia of Philosophy entry on Ryle that J.D. Mabbott must have known Ryle very well. Mabbott and Oakeshott were of course intellectual chums. According to Bob Grant, Oakeshott only ever communicated with two “official” philosophers,…

Embodiment, Stigmergy, and Swarm Intelligence

Here is a chapter from a book by Michael Dawson, Brian Dupuis, and Michael Wilson (all of the Biological Computation Project, University of Alberta) that has just come my way and is entitled From Bricks to Brains: The Embodied Cognitive Science of LEGO Robots. In fact, all the chapters in draft are freely available to be downloaded…

Koestler Biography

There is a glowing review in The Economist of Michael Scammell’s biography of Koestler. I do recall that the manner of Koestler’s death caused a great deal of controversy at the time. My knowledge of Koestler’s work is confined to his Darkness at Noon – given to me my an anti-Stalinist (and committed socialist) friend of…

Extended X: Recarving the Biological and Cognitive Joints of Nature

Mike Wheeler has put online some draft chapters dealing with extended mind from his forthcoming work. If you enjoyed Mike’s last book Reconstructing the Cognitive World: the Next Step as I did, then this new work promises much.

Ryle

ryle, v. to give examples. “He ryles on and on without ever daring a conclusion.” Hence, n. An example. “His argument was elucidated by a variety of apt ryles.” “The original ryle has been chisholmed beyond recognition.” (2) A variety of smooth, lucid, thin ice that forms on bogs. The Philosophical Lexicon I chanced upon…

Mind in Life

I’ve just completed reading Evan Thompson’s Mind in Life: Biology, Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind, a work which I heartily endorse as the best statement yet of the enactivist theory of mind. I especially like his taking on the philosopher’s zombie and his chapter on Empathy and Enculturation. Last, but by no means least,…

Hayek: Cognitive scientist Avant la Lettre

My published article is now available from here. Check out the full table of contents for this volume.

Qualia – The Movie

I recently brought your attention to the topic of consciousness in literature. I now want to draw your attention to a very ambitious film project – Qualia, the movie. Click here to hear the film’s writer-director, Derek LaPorte and producer, Rukmani Bachal talk about the proposed project. Rukmani tells me: Qualia deals with the question of the…