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The Case for Psychedelics

W. Keith Campbell and Brandon Weiss in Quillette. We argue that the decision to ban therapeutic use of psychedelics was a tragic mistake. Brandon WeissconsciousnessdrugsneurosciencePhilosophy of mindPsychologyReligionspiritualityW. Keith Campbell

Why Philosophers Are Obsessed With Brains in Jars

An old philosophical chestnut discussed in The Atlantic. Words and concepts used by a brain in a vat can’t be meaningfully applied to real objects outside of the brain’s experience, because the ability to have causal interaction with the specific things that words name is inherently how such words acquire meaning, Putnam argued. Artificial intelligenceCognitive…

Hayek in Mind

Three sections: Neuroscience — Philosophy of Mind — Mind and Sociality Austrian SchoolCognitive scienceFriedrich HayekHayek in Mindneurosciencephilosophical psychologyPhilosophy of mind

The Neurodiversity Case for Free Speech

Fabulous article, beautifully written. Geoffrey Miller in Quillette. Here’s the problem. America’s informal ‘speech norms’, which govern what we’re allowed to say and what we’re not, were created and imposed by ‘normal’ brains, for ‘normal’ brains to obey and enforce. Formal speech codes at American universities were also written by and for the ‘neurotypical’ Asperger’sautismfree speechgeoffrey millerliberalityneurodiversityPhilosophy…