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Walker Percy, Philosopher (11)

Forthcoming: Walker Percy, Philosopher. “There Must Be a Place”: Walker Percy and the Philosophy of Place Patrick L. Connelly Patrick Connelly explores Walker Percy’s contribution to the philosophy of place by examining place-thinking in his fiction and nonfiction. Percy is first put in conversation with the contemporary philosopher of place Edward S. Casey. Both writers understand place as a source…

Stigmergy in a water environment

This is the first time I’ve come across discussion of stigmergy in a fluid (water) context. Check out this freely available paper here. Stigmergy is a biological phenomenon that has been adopted by robotics, referring to environmentally mediated communication where information about building actions is encoded in the partially built structure. For example, beavers build…

Over and Beyond our Episodic Memories

A most elegant close-grained review essay of Mark Rowlands’ Memory and the Self: Phenomenology, Science and Autobiography by Christopher Jude McCarroll in The Journal of Mind and Behavior. [E]verything bears witness to what we are, our friendships and enmities, our glance and the clasp of our hand, our memory and that which we do not remember, our books…