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Consciousness Explained by Daniel C Dennett [A Review]

The difficulty of explaining consciousness, that has flummoxed the best minds of our species, remains elusive but has long reached the point where the flawed, misguided and just plain wrong, ideas of the past should be laid to rest. 2,374 more words

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Talkin about Mona

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”

— Ansel Adams

Last time, we introduced Dan Dennett’s new paper “Facing up to the hard question of consciousness”  2018 Phil. 2,757 more words

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Do Neurons Produce Consciousness?

Dan Dennett casts doubt on the idea that neurons produce anything other than further neural processes and behavior in a paper published last July: “Facing up to the hard question of consciousness”  2018 Phil. 2,465 more words

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Dialog on Zombies, part I. Fearless Zombie Killers

Are we zombies? If not, why not? 

Of course, we are not talking about horror movie zombies, undead beings created by the reanimation of a human corpse, as in George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. 2,928 more words

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On Jordan Peterson, Religion, & Atheism

Dr. Jordan Peterson, a Canadian professor and clinical psychologist, hosted a YouTube series of lectures on the psychological significance of the biblical stories, where he articulated some fascinating insights; but, on some points is he wrong, or just misunderstood? 1,876 more words

Free Will and Benjamin Libet, part I

Do we have free will? Do we need it? What in the world is free will anyway? A few thoughts on a vast and ancient subject.  1,866 more words

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Think Better: An Introduction to Thinking Tools

The philosopher and computer scientist Bo Dahlbom stated that “You can’t do much carpentry with your bare hands and you can’t do much thinking with your bare brain.”  Why? 809 more words

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