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Mind and Cosmos

Thomas Nagel’s “Mind & Cosmos”, published in 2012, is almost certainly the book that has garnered the most attention over the last couple years in the God debate; and it has thus become required reading for those of us who are immersed in that milieu. 3,100 more words

Philosophy

"I Denounce All But the First Mention..." | Thought Are Real: Restoring the Primal Force of Metaphysics

The philosopher Thomas Nagel’s new book, “Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False,” restores the primal force of a great old philosophical word, “metaphysics.” He starts with a boldly discerning look at that strange creature, mankind, and comes to some remarkable speculations about who we are and what our place is in the universe. 27 more words

Moral Luck - Choice and Chance

Welcome to my first review from a lecture I picked up this course from the teaching company called “Questions of Value”. This lecture although rather deep, is quite a fairly good start to my blog since it involves ethics, something family, carers and the community can become involved in from daily situations. 1,013 more words

Ethics

Matt Mantry on Evangelism and The Church of Darwin

Evangelizing the Church of Darwin

Neo-Darwinian materialism [1] prevails as the orthodoxy of science and secularism that reigns supreme. Neo-Darwinian materialists tend to believe that the miracle of consciousness and subjectivity can simply be explained by material causes that arose during the evolutionary processes without any divine intervention.

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What is it Like to be a Bat?

What is it Like to be a Bat?

by Thomas Nagel, Philosophical Reveiw, 1974

So far, this has been the most cited paper I’ve read in my studies of philosophies of consciousness and mind.  81 more words

The Value of Luck

How do humans respond to both positive and negative stimuli? During time periods when we have a sense of confidence about our skills, abilities and experiences, we can fall into a habit of taking for granted that all effects in life are caused by us. 564 more words

Philosophy

Nagelisms

For your enjoyment, a few quotes from Thomas Nagel, the philosopher of consciousness who famously asked “What’s it like to be a bat?”  (His answer:  we’ll never know.) 196 more words

Existence