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Can you really upload your mind?

Radio discussion on ABC’s The Philosopher’s Zone Self/less— a film currently doing the rounds—entertains the idea of digital immortality. It might be a work of science fiction but what it portrays is gaining serious traction in the real world. A number of philosophers, neuroscientists, and assorted futurists believe that by mid century a safe form…

Surfing Uncertainty Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind

Any new book by Andy Clark is, so far as I’m concerned, a notable event. Clark speaks to a general audience without ever being condescending or very jargony and he has a superb turn of phrase. Here is a curtain raiser, a talk on the topic. actionAndy ClarkArtificial intelligenceCognitionCognitive neuroscienceCognitive sciencecomplexityconsciousnessdistributed cognitiondistributed knowledgeEmbodied cognitionExtended MindExternalismphilosophical…

Constructing Religion without The Social: Durkheim, Latour, and Extended Cognition

Here is the intro to Matthew’s article: Where does thinking happen? The obvious and most common answer is “somewhere inside the head.” After all, this is where the brain is safely housed behind seven millimeters of protective armor. However, despite the instinctive appeal of this response, some theoretical camps have been willing to flirt with…