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Silent Minds | The New Yorker
About minimally conscious and vegetative patients who may be more aware than expected.
neurology  neuroscience  consciousness  medicine 
july 2017 by tsuomela
Stupendous intelligence of honey badgers – TheTLS
"Frans de Waal ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE?"
book  review  animals  animal-rights  consciousness  science  mind 
june 2017 by tsuomela
Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness? | Oliver Burkeman | Science | The Guardian
A good, even-handed summary of current arguments on the Hard Problem of consciousness. Includes Chalmers, Dennet, Churchland, and others.
philosophy  mind  consciousness  neuroscience 
january 2016 by tsuomela
Sentience Everywhere: Complexity Theory, Panpsychism & the Role of Sentience in Self-Organization of the Universe | Theise | Journal of Consciousness Exploration & Research
"Philosophical understandings of consciousness divide into emergentist positions (when the universe is sufficiently organized and complex it gives rise to consciousness) vs. panpsychism (consciousness pervades the universe). A leading emergentist position derives from autopoietic theory of Maturana and Varela: to be alive is to have cognition, one component of which is sentience.  Here, reflecting autopoietic theory, we define sentience as: sensing of the surrounding environment, complex processing of information that has been sensed, (i.e. processing mechanisms defined by characteristics of a complex system), and generation of a response.  Further, complexity theory, points to all aspects of the universe comprising “systems of systems.” Bringing these themes together, we find that sentience is not limited to the living, but present throughout existence. Thus, a complexity approach shifts autopoietic theory from an emergentist to a panpsychist position and shows that sentience must be inherent in all structures of existence across all levels of scale."
philosophy  metaphysics  ontology  consciousness  emergence  complexity 
april 2013 by tsuomela
nplusonemag.com
"Marcel Kuijsten. Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness: Julian Jaynes’s Bicameral Mind Theory Revisited. Julian Jaynes Society, January 2007. "
book  review  consciousness  mind  psychology  from instapaper
march 2013 by tsuomela
New Left Review - Andrew Smith: On Shopworking
"Service workers now make up nearly 80 per cent of the labour force in Britain, with a still higher proportion in the United States, and the sector constitutes a fast-growing field in the sociology of work. Recent investigations have focused on the hitherto overlooked relationship between front-line service workers and their customers: what effect does this have on the ‘lived experience’ of their work? [1] In what follows I offer some thoughts on conceptualizing the interactions between employees and customers, shaped in part by critical reflection on my own experience of working in a long series of service-sector and retail jobs. "
customer-service  work  labor  consciousness  experience  phenomenology 
february 2013 by tsuomela
Locus Online Perspectives » Cory Doctorow: Where Characters Come From
Cory Doctorow puts forward the same idea of consciousness as Douglas Hofstadter.
fiction  writing  simulation  consciousness  other  people 
january 2013 by tsuomela
Ingrid Newkirk: Top Scientific Minds Declare That We Are Just One Among Many Animals
"So, animals are conscious beings, capable of understanding cause-and-effect relationships, forming abstract thoughts, solving problems, using language, making tools, exhibiting long-term memory, and showing empathy, in many cases with skills that are superior to those of humans. But more importantly, animals can comprehend when they are being abused and killed, and they feel anxiety, fear and pain, just as humans do."
animal-rights  animals  ethics  morality  science  consciousness  from delicious
august 2012 by tsuomela
Book Review - Self Comes to Mind - By Antonio Damasio - NYTimes.com
In “Self Comes to Mind,” the eminent neurologist and neuroscientist Antonio Damasio gives an account of consciousness that might come naturally to a highly caffeinated professor in his study. He emphasizes wakefulness, self-awareness, reflection, rationality, “knowledge of one’s own existence and of the existence of surroundings.”
book  review  philosophy  neurology  mind  consciousness 
december 2010 by tsuomela
EnlightenNext - Evolutionary Enlightenment, Awakening Consciousness
EnlightenNext is dedicated to catalyzing evolution in consciousness and culture. We strive to be leaders, examples, and pathfinders in the emerging field of integral and evolutionary spirituality, and to stand for the ultimate relevance of spiritual enlightenment in our time. Through our integrated annual cycle of programs and events and our award-winning publications, we are awakening, connecting, and cultivating a global movement of “evolutionaries”—individuals who feel personally responsible for creating the future.
magazine  evolution  enlightenment  myths  story  consciousness  integral 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Ming the Mechanic: Compassion Exercise
Step 1. With your attention on the person, repeat to yourself:
"Just like me, this person is seeking some happiness for his/her life.....
consciousness  compassion  exercises  self-improvement  self-perception 
october 2009 by tsuomela
OnTheCommons.org » No Time to Think
Digital media are overwhelming our consciousness and eclipsing our capacity for reflection.
digital  media  consciousness  perception  experience 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Macmillan: Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness Alva Noë: Books
In this inventive work, Noë suggests that rather than being something that happens inside us, consciousness is something we do.
book  philosophy  consciousness  noe  alva 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Alva Noe, You are not your brain | Salon
I don't reject the idea that the brain is necessary for consciousness
philosophy  consciousness  brain  neuroscience  interview 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Gilbert Ryle (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Through this work, Ryle is thought to have accomplished two major tasks. First, he was seen to have put the final nail in the coffin of Cartesian dualism. Second, as he himself anticipated, he is thought to have argued on behalf of, and suggested as dualism's replacement, the doctrine known as philosophical (and sometimes analytical) behaviourism. Sometimes known as an “ordinary language”, sometimes as an “analytic” philosopher, Ryle—even when mentioned in the same breath as Wittgenstein and his followers—is considered to be on a different, somewhat idiosyncratic (and difficult to characterise), philosophical track.
philosophy  analytic-philosophy  ordinary-language  consciousness  cognition  experience  mental-process  about(GilbertRyle) 
january 2009 by tsuomela
Experimental Philosophy: Experimental Philosophy of Consciousness
One of the most exciting developments in experimental philosophy these days is the explosion of new work on intuitions about consciousness. How do people determine whether an entity is capable of having phenomenal states like feeling pain or experiencing happiness? And how do the criteria for these phenomenal states differ from those for other states like belief and desire?
philosophy  experimental  consciousness 
january 2009 by tsuomela
MindPapers: Contents
This is a bibliography of work in the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of cognitive science, and the science of consciousness.
bibliography  philosophy  consciousness  mind  reference  brain  science  research 
november 2008 by tsuomela
Developing Intelligence : Learning The Language of Thought: 4 Candidate Neural Codes
The fact is that we still don't have a clear picture of the ways in which neurons transmit information. Here's a quick guide to current theories, beginning with well-established theories and moving into ideas that are considered more theoretical.
brain  biology  neuroscience  neurology  consciousness  code 
june 2007 by tsuomela
Notes From The Geek Show: The Art of Life
Like any art form, sentience works by creating patterns, points of tension and moments of release. Every sentient being is a composition of affects, its elements in conflict or balance, a fragmented unity.
sf  authors  aesthetics  philosophy  art  writers  writing  consciousness 
may 2007 by tsuomela

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