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The Nature of Consciousness

Sam Harris speaks with Thomas Metzinger about the scientific and experiential understanding of consciousness. Jump to 26:32 for the consciousness discussion proper — the first 26 minutes are for the most part a well-trodden exercise in mutual virtue-signalling. Discussion of the phenomenology of intuition . . . now that is interesting. Artificial intelligenceconsciousnessmeditationneurosciencephilosophy mindphilosophy of…

Martini time

Staying true to the spirit of the recipe as handed down by the patron saint of martinis, Luis Buñuel, here is a marriage made in heaven. The London Nº1 is an absolutely superb well-priced not gimmicky new gin on the market: so smooth, it was palatable straight up ice-cold! Where I respectfully deviated from Buñuel was my use of Fee Brothers bitters rather…

Laphroaig Lore

I own enough square footage (albeit not contiguously) of Laphroaig to build a decent sized detached house on. Last night I tried Lore for the first time and my default scepticism was immediately and absolutely blown away. This was possibly the greatest all round Islay I’ve ever had. If I were to offer an analogy…

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…

La Fin du Monde

Given that these days it seems the world is going to hell in a handbasket, here’s an appropriately named beer to help ease the pain. I’m not a great fan of wheat beer (though I quite like the dark German variations) this trappist style brew from Quebec is a great all rounder balance-wise and is quite possibly…

Cigar packaging idiocy

City Cigar reports (with source document) on the Canadian Government’s white paper “Potential measures for regulating the appearance, shape and size of tobacco packages and of tobacco products.” (Can you imagine a box of Behike 52s in plain wrapping? — it’s absolute fucking nonsense). While I’m no fan of ubiquitous marketing and branding tripe, these proposed…

Booker’s vs. Taylor

I just can’t choose between these two — a tied verdict. Other opinions here and here. (Update: I’m inclined towards the Taylor. It is smoother but the Booker’s has a gorgeous nose). alcoholbooker’s bourbonbourbongastronomyqualiataylor bourbon