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Cosmos and Taxis

I chanced upon this painting entitled “Cosmos and Taxis“. The inspiration is, of course, as the artist states: One effect of our habitually identifying order with a made order or taxis is indeed that we tend to ascribe to all order certain properties which deliberate arrangements regularly, and with respect to some of these properties…

Rob Rupert Papers

Check out two forthcoming papers from Rob Rupert, one of the sharpest minds around: 1. Against Group Cognitive States (forthcoming in S. Chant and G. Preyer (eds.), From Individual to Collective Intentionality. No listing on OUP’s website yet). English users are not fazed by such sentences as “Microsoft intends to develop a new operating system” and…

Knowledge Has Always Been Networked

Here is a rather scathing review of David Weinberger’s Too Big To Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now that the Facts Aren’t the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room. The renaissance of Marshall McLuhan in the era of the Web is disappointing for a number of reasons, not the least of…

Hayek and the “Use of Knowledge in Society”

Here is a draft of my entry for the SAGE Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Social Sciences. Hayekuse of knowledge in society

Group agency

Here’s a recent co-authored book from Christian List. CL is probably the leading theorist in this area and one of the best philosophers around who, not so long ago, was not affiliated with a philosophy department (I see that he now has a joint appointment with the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method). How…

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…

Empirical Arguments for Group Minds: A Critical Appraisal

Look out for Rob Rupert’s forthcoming survey for Philosophy Compass. (Thanks to Rob for the heads up). Abstract This entry addresses the question of group minds, by focusing specifically on empirical arguments for group cognition and group cognitive states. Two kinds of positive argument are presented and critically evaluated: the argument from individually unintended effects and the…

Friedrich Hayek

Born on this day in 1899

Smith on Searle and De Soto

A fascinating talk by (ontology kingpin) Barry Smith entitled “John Searle and Hernando de Soto: The Mystery of Capital and the Construction of Social Reality.“

All about me: Disclosure in online social networking profiles: The case of FACEBOOK

With today’s release of the film The Social Network some might be interested in a recent academic study published in Computers in Human Behavior.