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Postcards From the Edge of Consciousness - Issue 16: Nothingness - Nautilus
"Sensory deprivation goes from CIA torture manuals to a yoga studio near you." Via andrewduck.
psychology  meditation  floatation  deprivation  consciousness 
august 2014 by pw201
The Core of ‘Mind and Cosmos’
Thomas Nagel wrote a short outline of his book "Mind and Cosmos" for the New York Times. He attributes a lot of the criticism he's been getting to people worried that he's giving comfort to theism. If so, that reflects badly on the critics, because arguments are not soldiers, etc. etc. Via Massimo Pigliucci.
nagel  philosophy  consciousness  thomas-nagel  science 
august 2013 by pw201
The Crazyist Metaphysics of Mind by Eric Schwitzgebel
"Crazyism about X is the view that something that it would be crazy to believe must be among the core truths about X. In this essay, I argue that crazyism is true of the metaphysics of mind. A position is “crazy” in the intended sense if it is contrary to common sense and we are not epistemically compelled to believe it. .... Well developed metaphysical theories will inevitably violate common sense, I argue, because common sense is incoherent in matters of metaphysics. No coherent and detailed view could respect it all. Common sense is thus impaired as a ground of choice. Nor can scientific evidence or abstract theoretical virtue compellingly favor any one moderately specific metaphysical approach over all competitors. Something bizarre must be true about the mind, but which bizarre propositions are the true ones, we are in no good position to know."
crazyism  david-chalmers  epistemology  descartes  dualism  idealism  materialism  consciousness  metaphysics  philosophy 
march 2012 by pw201
philosophy bites: Nick Bostrom on the Simulation Argument
"Nick Bostrom doesn't rule out the possibility that he might be part of a computer simulation. Find out why in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast." Hard to fault the argument, as far as I can tell, though I should probably check how people have responded to it.
philosophy  computers  consciousness  simulation  nick-bostrom  transhumanism 
august 2011 by pw201
Form Constants and the Visual Cortex | countyourculture
"There are common visual concepts which cut across boundaries of culture and time and reflect what it truly means to be human. Near death experiences are often associated with seeing a “light at the end of a tunnel”. In the Bible, God appeared to Ezekiel as a “wheel within a wheel”. Spirals and concentric circles are commonly found in petrogylphs carved by cultures long dead. Similar visual effects are reported during extreme psychological stress, fever delirium, psychotic episodes, sensory deprivation, and are reliably induced by psychedelic drugs."
science  consciousness  brain  religion 
march 2011 by pw201
Substance dualism
QualiaSoup has a new video up, a short argument against substance dualism (the idea that consciousness arises from separate kind of mental substance outside the physical world).
consciousness  philosophy  dualism  qualia 
december 2009 by pw201
The Disenchanted Naturalist’s Guide to Reality
Alex Rosenberg argues that scientism is a good thing, and puts forward a very reductionist naturalism which he applies to consciousness, morality and a bunch of other stuff philosophers like to worry about. His fellow naturalists disagree in the comments (notably, Richard Carrier and Tom Clark produce good arguments against him).
naturalism  philosophy  science  reductionism  morality  consciousness 
november 2009 by pw201
PRISMs, Gom Jabbars, and Consciousness
Peter Watts talks about a paper which claims consciousness arose out of the need to chose between conflicting motor impulses.
consciousness  science  scifi  sci-fi  peter-watts 
october 2009 by pw201
Access : Meditating on consciousness : Nature
Two books exploring the relationship between Buddhism and science reveal surprising synergies — and hint that insights into the brain may come from studying the religion's practices, finds Michael Bond.
science  religion  meditation  buddhism  dalai-lama  consciousness 
november 2008 by pw201
You can't argue with a Zombie -- Jaron Lanier
Lanier's article on zombies and the "qualia dial", which reminds me a bit of Greg Egan's idea in Permutation City.
brain  philosophy  consciousness  qualia  zombies  dennett  jaron-lanier 
june 2008 by pw201
WIRED 2.08: How to Make a Soul
An old report on a conference on consciousness.
consciousness  philosophy  dennett  penrose 
may 2007 by pw201
A free science fiction novel, and a rather good one at that.
science  books  scifi  consciousness  evolution  sentience 
december 2006 by pw201

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