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There’s Something About Mary

Galen Strawson revisits Frank Jackson’s thought experiment in a final draft made available here. For those not familiar with this thought experiment, Galen sets it up quickly and clearly. If this line of thought is right, the mistake on both sides is—to repeat—to confuse materialism or physicalism with physics-alism. The mistake is a mistake whether…

There’s Something About Mary

Frank Jackson on the Mary thought experiment and “Epiphenomenal Qualia” Elsewhere I’ve written: Jackson’s thought experiment bears a striking resemblance to Hayek’s discussion in The Sensory Order, 1.95. Hayek took inspiration from C. D. Broad, the idea that an omnipotent being would still not be able to predict the qualia associated with a substance, for…

Jack Smart

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

Locating Conscious Properties in a Material World

Two reviews of  Gerald Vision’s Re-Emergence: Locating Conscious Properties in a Material World By Philip Goff By Kevin Morris CognitionCognitive neuroscienceCognitive scienceColin McGinncomplexityDavid HumeEmergenceEmergentismMental propertyPhilosophy of mindPhilosophy of sciencePhysical propertyPhysicalismProperty dualismqualiaSamuel Alexander