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Dan Zahavi on Husserl’s legacy

Richard Marshall chats with Dan in 3:AM Magazine. Very briefly put, I think phenomenologists reject various forms of reductionism, objectivism, and scientism. They insist on foregrounding the experiential perspective, and are more interested in descriptive adequacy than in explanatory mechanisms. Central to their efforts is an attempt to characterize and understand the pre-scientific lifeworld, which…

Hubert Dreyfus

Obit here. Reports of my demise are not exaggerated. — Hubert Dreyfus (@hubertdreyfus) April 22, 2017 AICognitive sciencedistributed cognitionEmbodied cognitive scienceexistentialismHubert DreyfusMartin HeideggerphenomenologyPhilosophy of mindsituated cognition

First evidence for higher state of consciousness found

Popular write-up here; the original article here. In the study, neuroscientists observed a sustained increase in the diversity of brain signals of people under the influence of psychedelic drugs, compared with when they were in a normal ‘awake and aware’ state. consciousnessmrineurosciencephenomenologyphilosophical psychologyPhilosophy of mindpsychedelic drugs

Thought Insertion as a Self-Disturbance: An Integration of Predictive Coding and Phenomenological Approaches

My correspondent, the very excellent Aaron Mishara, has just alerted me to his latest freely available coauthored paper in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. For those familiar with Andy Clark’s “Whatever next? predictive brains, situated agents and the future of cognitive science” and Shaun Gallagher’s “Neurocognitive models of schizophrenia: a neurophenomenological critique”  — this article should be…

Francisco Varela: Late Interview

I chanced upon this video of Francisco Varela, clearly his illness at an advanced stage. I’m not a Spanish speaker so the substance of the video is lost on me. If you don’t know who FV is, here is an obituary by one of his closest friends and collaborators, the very excellent Evan Thompson. Running the video’s…