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I don’t think apatheism is a real word. Its the smashing together of apathy and theism. Its meant to describe an outlook that I think isn’t neatly intended by atheism. 957 more words

Fundamental Joeyism

The Materialist Who Means It

Dan Dennett is a materialist. Dualists think that there are two kinds of things in the world—mind and body. Dennett thinks there is only one, and it ain’t mind. 1,711 more words


Carroll on Color

In The Big Picture, Sean Carroll is anxious to reject religious ideas of the immortal soul, and this makes him equally anxious to reject any sort of dualism. 1,648 more words

Cognitive Science

Getting started.

Let’s start with some quotes.

Often the worst thing to do with what looks like a real philosophical question is to answer it. It can get in the way of fuller understanding of what the problem really is and where it comes from.     308 more words

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Darwin’s inversion of reasoning? And what about funny?

Darwin’s strange inversion of reasoning

Why are babies cute? Why is cake sweet? Philosopher Dan Dennett has answers you wouldn’t expect, as he shares evolution’s counterintuitive reasoning on cute, sweet and sexy things (plus a new theory from… 1,048 more words


dangerous memes, dan dennett, and another way of understanding the ego from the i ching perspective

….asking the question, have human minds been hijacked by parasitic ideas? Carol had also written an article about this discussion> infections of the mind.


The Reality of Perception

I originally wrote this article for a brilliant new website – http://openforideas.org – which is an online magazine focussed on opening up creativity for everyone. It’s about sharing practical skills and techniques so that we can all get better at coming up with ideas. 840 more words

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