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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…

Uploading the mind

Yet another article on techno-ebullience. Alva NoëArtificial intelligenceBuddhismCognitionCognitive neuroscienceCognitive sciencecomplexityconsciousnessDavid ChalmersDerek ParfitDescartesdistributed cognitionExtended Mindphilosophical psychologyPhilosophy of mindRay KurzweilSingularityStephen Hawking

Philosophy and physics

The conversation continues . . . Allow me to quote Nietzsche (although I know that will be considered by some to be in bad taste): “As the circle of science grows larger, it touches paradox at more places.” Physicists expand the circle, and philosophers help clear up the paradoxes. May both camps flourish. bertrand russellDavid…