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Consciousness is the most conspicuous obstacle to a comprehensive naturalism that relies only on the resources of physical science.

— Thomas Nagel, Mind & Cosmos…

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Mind and Cosmos

I’ve not yet read Thomas Nagel’s work Mind and Cosmos, but I could be attempting such in the next few months. Not trusting in the seeming certainty of the human perspective does not negate… 114 more words

Philosophy

How Our Understanding and Using Language Makes Materialism Unreasonable

Living in a foreign country, learning little by little to speak and understand the language of its people, provides a gold mine of opportunities for observation and reflection. 527 more words

John Searle

Neither Black nor White; Vanilla Instead

I am regularly reminded that there has to be more to it.  It happened again just recently at a relative’s memorial service.    The minister, in an insightful eulogy,  highlighted the deceased’s positive attributes and deftly skirted the negatives with quirky humane anecdotes.   906 more words

Evan Thompson reviews two of the most controversial books of recent years:

What Darwin Got Wrong by Jerry Fodor, Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini and Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False by Thomas Nagel.

Cognitive Science

Sorting the chaos

Greetings Heralds of the Lightning,

I hope the Downpressor Man hasn’t diminished your vitality of Spirit too much since we last spoke.  As you’ve probably figured by now, every few weeks I use this blog as a forum where I can express my indignation at the ubiquitous injustice that accompanies the march of McWorld.  1,061 more words

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What is it like to be a Bat

I will be reviewing the essay by philosopher Thomas Nagel. If anyone is interested in this let me know I might even do one on the meanings behind various tribal wars masks. Transhumanism.

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