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Meaning and Chaos

Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson take another run at a discussion and the result is far clearer and more satisfying than the first effort (I happen to think that the first podcast was not wasted time at all). Having heard Harris and Weinstein and now Harris and Peterson, I think we would be in for a treat listening…

The Case Of Wagner: A Musician’s Problem

Chose your digital format of “The Case Of Wagner: A Musician’s Problem” made available by Project Gutenberg. Of course, one should also give a close listen to this version of Parsifal from Bayreuth 2016. And yet this other question can certainly not be circumvented: what business had he actually with that manly (alas! so unmanly) “bucolic simplicity,” that…

Terrence Malick — philosopher with a camera

Malick, the greatest living American filmmaker, has never made the consistently good fully philosophical film that we know he’s quite capable of. I fear that unless he dumps the star actors, he never will. I suppose that beginning with the Thin Red Line (after a 20 year hiatus) he understandably exploited high-priced luvvies eager to embellish their resume with…

Consciousness . . . after death

Stuart Hameroff speculates on consciousness as a fundamental part of the universe. Though I’ve read Penrose’s The Emperor’s New Mind and Shadows of the Mind, I’ve never read any Hameroff beyond interviews and documentaries. Wishful thinking perhaps  . . . Speaking of consciousness  Toward a Science of Consciousness is coming up, this time in India. BodyconsciousnessdeathJournal of Consciousness StudiesPenroseQuantum mechanicsReligionReligion…

The Extended Mind and Religious Thought Revisted

Here’s plug for a collection of EM papers from about three years ago The Extended Mind by Mark Rowlands Abstract & Keywords Persons and the Extended-Mind Thesis by Lynne Rudder Baker Abstract & Keywords Minds, Intrinsic Properties, and Madhyamaka Buddhism by Teed Rockwell Abstract & Keywords Empathy and the Extended Mind by Joel W. Krueger Abstract & Keywords Quintuple…