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Does science have all the answers?

The eminently sensible and intellectually honest Susan Haack — an  evidence-based philosopher who rightly rejects the epistemic immodesty characteristic of the prevailing rationalistic arrogance of philosophers and scientists. Philosophy for such folk is about what to think and not about how to think: whatever else might be attributed to liberalism, it has primarily embodied the idea that conceptions…

Consciousness Is Not Mysterious

Michael Graziano in The Atlantic Artificial intelligencebrain scienceCognitive neuroscienceColin McGinncomplexityConnectionismconsciousnessFriedrich HayekMichael GrazianomysterianismphenomenologyPhilosophy of mindqualiaself-referentialthe hard problem

Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain

Patricia Churchland talking at the very excellent Santa Fe Institute. brain scienceCognitive neurosciencecomplexityconsciousnessdarwinEvolutionary PsychologyMaterialismMoral psychologyNeurophilosophyPatricia ChurchlandPhilosophy of mindsanta fe institutesituated cognitionSpontaneous order

The “odd couple” of science: do we have a quantum Soul?

Check out the “odd couple’s” (I suspect a professional euphemism for looniness) freely available update Consciousness in the universe: a review of the ‘Orch OR’ theory with accompanying interview (first video). I heard Penrose speak at Imperial College around the time The Emperor’s New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds and The Laws of Physics was released. I’ve never had the…

Sweet Dreams: Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness

Old review. Dennett wrote me that he thought it the best written review he’d gotten in yonks. It’s been reprinted along the my other Dennett review in Daniel Dennett, Edited by John Symons, Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers. brain scienceCognitionCognitive neuroscienceCognitive scienceconsciousnessDaniel Dennettjohn symonsneurosciencephilosophical psychologyPhilosophy of mind