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Oakeshott symposium

The Oakeshott symposium on science, religion, and politics in the journal Zygon is now online.    In this issue there is also a symposium on Owen Flanagan’s latest book  The Really Hard Problem: Meaning in a Material World. I was scheduled to participate in this symposium, a symposium that I’d originally suggested, but my computer went…

Perspectives on Social Cognition

Here is the fully published special issue of Cognitive Systems Research Volume 9, Issues 1-2, March 2008   2. Introduction to the special issue “Perspectives on Social Cognition” Cognitive Systems Research, Volume 9, Issues 1-2, March 2008, Pages 1-4 Leslie Marsh and Christian Onof     3. Functionalism and mental boundaries Cognitive Systems Research, Volume 9, Issues…

Robots

                                The Volume 18, Number 1 issue of Scientific American Reports is a special edition on robotics. The following articles feature:  1. Bill Gates’s “A Robot in Every Home” concentrates on such commonplace items as the vacuum cleaner and not the…

Stigmergic epistemology, stigmergic cognition

My recent co-authored paper now available to download through MindPapers. The abstract: To know is to cognize, to cognize is to be a culturally bounded, rationality-bounded and environmentally located agent. Knowledge and cognition are thus dual aspects of human sociality. If social epistemology has the formation, acquisition, mediation, transmission and dissemination of knowledge in complex…

Why were the early Christians persecuted?

I This well-worn question needs to be re-analyzed into the following three subsidiary questions. First, for what reasons did the government (i.e. the organs of state, broadly speaking, the emperor, the senate, officials, and provincial governors) persecute? Secondly, for what reasons did ordinary pagans (i.e. the general populace) demand persecution? Thirdly, we need to examine…