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Daniel Dennett’s Science of the Soul

Long write-up in The New Yorker Dennett does not believe that we are “mere things.” He thinks that we have souls, but he is certain that those souls can be explained by science. Andy ClarkCognitive scienceDaniel DennettDavid ChalmersdualismGilbert RyleMaterialismneural correlatesNeurophilosophyneurosciencePhilosophy of mindquineReligion

Dennett on Truth

Dennett plugging his latest From Bacteria to Bach and Back. I’m with Dennett on this deeper analysis of where we are at just now and have been very concerned about this since Sokal. It was one of the primary motivations for my setting up EPISTEME. The problem, going back at least 30 years, has been that…

The Consciousness Chronicles

Check out Nick Day’s documentary recorded at the annual Toward a Science of Consciousness conference. Artificial intelligenceBuddhismCognitionCognitive neuroscienceCognitive scienceconsciousnessEmbodied cognitionExtended MindneuroscienceNick Dayphilosophical psychologyPhilosophy of mindPhilosophy of scienceQuantum mechanicsRoger PenroseRupert Sheldrake

Hayek’s Speculative Psychology, The Neuroscience of value Estimation, and the Basis of Normative Individualism

Here’s the opening paragraph of Don Ross’ paper from Hayek in Mind: Hayek’s Philosophical Psychology. Philosophers of mind who re-visit Friedrich Hayek’s The Sensory Order almost sixty years after its publication should feel humbled, perhaps sheepish, on behalf of their discipline. The book is essentially an exercise in abstract speculative mental architecture construction, the kind of…

Chalmers’ Singularity

Check out the latest issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies, a themed issue built around Dave Chalmers’ 2010 JCS paper  “The Singularity“. What happens when machines become more intelligent than humans? One view is that this event will be followed by an explosion to ever-greater levels of intelligence, as each generation of machines creates…

Extending the Extended Mind to the Philosophy of Mathematics

Here’s a paper I chanced upon. The full title: “The Four-Color Theorem Solved, Again: Extending the Extended Mind to the Philosophy of Mathematics” (I’ve just noticed that Ken Aizawa has already beat me to the punch!).