Category Archives: Philosophy of Mind

Rothman on “Virtual Embodiment”

For those interested philosophy of mind (how can you not be?) and the possible directions that VR will take, Joshua Rothman has a good piece titled “Are We Already Living in Virtual Reality?”. Rothman visits and experiences firsthand experimental lab … Continue reading

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The Deniers

Esteemed philosopher Galen Strawson has a very good piece on the poverty of materialism as an explanation for consciousness (“The Consciousness Deniers”). He traces the lineage from early behaviorism to Dennett-style functionalism, leading to the absurdity that is reductive materialism: … Continue reading

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RIP: Jerry Fodor

The great philosopher of mind Jerry Fodor has passed at the age of 82. A good overview of his physicalist, functionalist, ‘representational theory of mind’ can be found here.

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Transcending the Brain

In Scientific American, Bernardo Kastrup has an excellent article on “Transcending the Brain”. There is a fair amount of speculation in the piece, but it’s of the sort that I gravitate towards: Despite significant advances in neuroscience, consciousness remains a … Continue reading

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New Yorker: Profile of Daniel Dennett

In The New Yorker, Joshua Rothman has a very good profile on the seminal philosopher Daniel Dennett (“Daniel Dennett’s Science of the Soul”) whose functionalist theory of consciousness is probably the most prominent and influential materialist position contra the ‘mysterians’ … Continue reading

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The War Against New Mysterian Philosophers

I’m not saying they’re innocent or guilty, or that they weren’t baited by ambitious females looking for a payday or to strike a blow to the patriarchy, but there seems to be an SJW War Against New Mysterian Philosophers! First … Continue reading

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Nagel vs. Dennett

If you’re a philosophy of mind junkie like I am, and if you’re an even bigger New Mysterian junkie as I also am, then it doesn’t get any better than Thomas Nagel reviewing arch-nemesis Daniel Dennett’s functionalist philosophy of mind, … Continue reading

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2016: The Science of Consciousness

In Scientific American, John Horgan has a somewhat meandering report comparing the expert opinions at the original 1994 “The Science of Consciousness” conference, held annually at the University of Arizona, vs. the recent 2016 conference. Bottom Line: the “integrated information … Continue reading

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The Empty Brain

Robert Epstein has a nice essay in Aeon critical of the reductive materialism that dominates current consciousness research (“The Empty Brain”). First and foremost, Epstein rightly critiques the dominant contemporary metaphor of the brain as being like a computer: The … Continue reading

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LSD Brain Imaging

There’s a fascinating new study on involving LSD brain imaging, offering potential insights into consciousness: MRI scans showed that LSD caused brain activity to become less coordinated in regions that make up what is called the default mode network. The … Continue reading

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