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In Search Of A Science Of Consciousness

Alva Noë discusses Evan Thompson’s Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and consciousness in neuroscience, meditation, and philosophy. Alva NoëbeingBuddhismCognitionCognitive neuroscienceconsciousnessdistributed cognitiondistributed knowledgeEmbodied cognitionEvan ThompsonExtended MindExternalismmeditationneurophenomenologyNeurophilosophyneurosciencephilosophical psychologyPhilosophy of mindsituated cognitionthe self

Pat Churchland’s latest

Touching a Nerve. It was a pleasure to attend a series of talks by Pat last year. Below is a filmed record of one of those talks. BrainCognitive neuroscienceCognitive scienceconsciousnessidentitymoralityNeurophilosophyneurosciencePatricia Churchlandphilosophical psychologyPhilosophy of mindtouching a nerve

Brain Scans Don’t Catch The Brain In Action

Alva Noë in Cosmos And Culture Not so fast. A functional brain image such as those produced by PET and fMRI no more captures the brain in action than a graph illustrating the percentage of the population who go to church on Sunday captures the people in the act of worship. Brain scan images are graphical…

Jack Smart

Here’s an obituary by the ever excellent Jane O’Grady. CognitionCognitive neuroscienceconsciousnessDavid ChalmersfunctionalismJ. J. C. Smartjack smartNeurophilosophyneuroscienceNinian SmartPhilosophyPhilosophy of mindPhysicalismType physicalismUtilitarianism