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C. S. Peirce and F. A. Hayek on the Abstract Nature of Sensation and Cognition

Here is the intro to Jim Wibble’s fascinating paper, the full version available here. When exploring ideas on philosophy of science and economic methodology, one of the most unusual articles that one can encounter is Hayek’s well-known piece, “The Primacy of the Abstract”. In a note in the article, Hayek tells us that he had…

Fuster’s “Prólogo” to Hayek’s El Orden Sensorial

Here is a translation I commissioned by José Villavicencio of Joaquin Fuster’s “Prólogo” to F. Hayek El Orden Sensorial. Unión Editorial, S.A., Madrid, pp 11-23, 2004. +++++++++++++++++++ Prologue Salzburg, May 17, 1976 Dear Professor Fuster, Thank you very much for your kind letter dated the 3rd of this month and that I have in my possession without…

It was the sound that tasted different

Here’s an article from The Economist. More informative however is the work of V.S. Ramachandran and co. arguably the leading researcher in the field. See “The Phenomenology of Synaesthesia” and the recent “Survival of the Synesthesia Gene: Why Do People Hear Colors and Taste Words?“ ColorSensation and PerceptionSynesthesiaThe EconomistV.S. RamachandranVilayanur Ramachandran

Hayek, Popper, and the Causal Theory of the Mind

Here is the introduction to Ed Feser’s paper from Hayek in Mind. In late 1952, F. A. Hayek sent his friend Karl Popper a copy of his recently published book The Sensory Order: An Inquiry into the Foundations of Theoretical Psychology. In a letter dated December 2, 1952, Popper acknowledged receipt of the book and…

Complexity and Extended Phenomenological-Cognitive Systems

A freely available piece from Topics in Cognitive Science. With the keywords complexity; dynamical systems; extended cognition; consciousness – who could resist. In fact the whole issue is freely available from this relatively new title published under the auspices of the Cognitive Science Society. The complex systems approach to cognitive science invites a new understanding of…

Hayek in Today’s Cognitive Neuroscience

Check out Joaquín Fuster’s recent paper: Only now, more than half a century after the publication of his theoretical book (Hayek, 1952), is the reaction to Hayek’s argument beginning to be heard. And it’s a positive reaction, now supported by facts. He used to say that without a theory the facts are silent. Now, belatedly reacting to…

Can science ever explain consciousness?

Anil Seth, Chris Frith and Barry Smith (of Birkbeck, not Buffalo!) outline the topography in a podcast. Anil SethBarry SmithChris FrithCognitionCognitive neuroscienceCognitive sciencecomplexityconsciousnessEmbodied cognitionMagnetic resonance imagingneurosciencePhilosophy of mindqualia