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The Brain: The Writer of Our Story

BY: JALEED AHMED GILANI, M.B.B.S., BATCH XVIII


This essay won Third Prize at the AKU National Health Sciences Research Symposium’s Student Essay Competition.

“What if I told you that this world around us, this richly textured world, were all just an illusion constructed in your head?” asks eminent neuroscientist David Eagleman in the brilliant documentary… 950 more words

Prose

Does terrorism work? Richard English gives the answer.

Summary: A large literature discusses the effectiveness of foreign armies and their tools against insurgencies, but few ask about the other side. Does terrorism work for insurgents? 3,016 more words

4GW

Thomas Nagel's Natural Theological Argument?

Since I should be studying right now and not writing philosophy, I want to make this a very quick post. This is astonishing, in my view, as I think I have found atheist Thomas Nagel making a natural theological argument (or, less provocatively (and more accurately) supporting a natural theological argument) in his book… 661 more words

Philosophical Theology

"The Consciousness Test" / Memorable Fancies #213

         “We practice sensitivity and inclusiveness here at XYZ Inc., so be sure you remember that. Treat everyone as if she or he has this mysterious something called ‘consciousness,’ at least as a polite fiction; our HR people insist on it, and the government is watching, too. 54 more words

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Summer full of Books!

I read some books ! It might be better to write something about each of them. I wish I could write a long  form of a book review but time dictates otherwise. 764 more words

Science

Complexity of perspective

A brief aside in which a contemporary philosopher admits of complexity among humans as social animals and implies (later on, more specifically illustrates) the challenges that individual consciousnesses create in resolving conflicts, or even in making individual decisions as to what is “right.” But what a thrilling capacity, if frustrating to theorists, our multiplicity is: 160 more words

Books

Nagel, on stepping back

From Thomas Nagel’s 1979 Mortal Questions, and still relevant today (as philosophy tends to be), on doubts, questions, and the value of being reflective and skeptical. 557 more words

Books