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Inequality and progress, privilege and barnacles

I’ve recently been to Cape Town, for work. It is impossible for someone like me to visit South Africa without asking “What am I doing with my privileges?” (see previous post). The scale of abject poverty would be overwhelming in

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Posted in Evolution, Philosophy, Politics, Science

Sources of Error: Epiphenomenalism (part 2)

Epiphenomena haunt me: the actual idea that we can explain any phenomena with the aid of the concept is thoroughly alien to me. In turn, this means that I don’t understand why people do rely on the concept, and consequently

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Posted in Consciousness, Philosophy, Psychology, Science, Stupidity

Sources of Error: Epiphenomenalism (part 1)

Epiphenomenalism is one idea I’ve struggled with for a long time: to my eyes, it doesn’t make any sense. But more importantly, when applied to philosophy of mind, it seems to me that epiphenomenalism does a great deal of damage.

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Posted in Consciousness, Philosophy, Premises, Psychology, Science

Consciousness at last.

This is what kept me awake for many nights, and occupied a lot of my time for far too many years. Following my unhealthy intellectual ambition, I’ve written a paper, intended for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, and tried submitting

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Posted in Consciousness, Evolution, Evolutionary Psychology, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Psychology, Science

Sources of error: the illusory illusions of reductionism

While my discussions elsewhere are settling down, it’s time to finally tackle one basic issue that underlies all reductionist endeavours, I need to write this down also to justify much of my claims on matters of brains and minds. In

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Posted in Neuroscience, Psychology, Science, Stupidity

Partisan review: the Shadow of Consciousness

Peter Hankins recently published a book: The Shadow of Consciousness (A Little Less Wrong). In case you don’t know, Hankins has been blogging about consciousness for more than ten years: his Conscious Entities blog covers both scientific and philosophical approaches

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Posted in Neuroscience, Philosophy, Review, Science
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