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Q+A with Antonio Damasio

This from MIT Technology Review (H/T to Mark Frazier). He believes that neurobiological research has a distinctly philosophical purpose. There was something that appealed to me because of my interest in literature and music. We wouldn’t have music, art, religion, science, technology, economics, politics, justice, or moral philosophy without the impelling force of feelings. I would…

Risky business

A new article in the latest issue of the PNAS entitled “Predicting risky choices from brain activity patterns“ (h/t to Shannon Selin). This study reminds me of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky’s work: Prospect theory concerns the psychophysics of wealth utility: that is, the perceived tradeoffs between potential outcomes and the probability of some outcome occurring. Kahneman…

Belligerent Searle

This interview from New Philosopher I don’t read much philosophy, it upsets me when I read the nonsense written by my contemporaries, the theory of extended mind makes me want to throw up…so mostly I read works of fiction and history. Artificial intelligenceBrainChinese RoomCognitionCognitive neuroscienceCognitive scienceconsciousnessExtended MindExternalismJohn SearlePhilosophy of mindqualiathe “hard” problem of consciousness

Hayek in Mind: Hayek’s Philosophical Psychology

It’s been two years since this volume was published. Austrian SchoolBrainCognitive neuroscienceCognitive sciencecomplexityconsciousnessEmbodied cognitionExternalismFriedrich HayekHayek in Mindphilosophical psychologyPhilosophy of mindqualiarationalismRoad to Serfdomsituated cognitionSpontaneous order