Lately it is beginning to appear as though Naturalism is experiencing a backlash in certain intellectual circles. Take Timothy Williamson’s recent article in the New York Times regarding, essentially, why he is not a Naturalist. Or the recent discussion, which I wrote about last year, of fMRI studies and the responses from some contemporary philosophers over at Flickers of Freedom. The conclusion of many there was that clearly these studies jumped the gun in claiming to have abolished the possibility of metaphysical freedom (a conclusion with which I agree) and that there are many varied approaches to theory of mind that include both determinist elements as well as new conceptions of the self that mitigate concerns of an absence of freedom. Read more…
- On Plato’s “Symposium” November 14, 2013Apollodorus How appropriate that Plato should frame this work as a tale told second hand. From his pen, we are hearing the story as told by a disciple of Plato named Apollodorus who had heard the story from Aristodemus who was present at the symposium in question. Apollodorus has verified the account with Plato, and so we […]Louis William Rose
- On Global Socioeconomic Justice November 8, 2013When discussing contemporary theories of global socioeconomic justice we should begin with John Rawls, if only for the fact that the two other philosophers whose views I shall be examining, Martha Nussbaum and Thomas Pogge, refer to Rawls frequently in their own arguments. Rawls concept of “Justice as Fairness” is found in the first chapter […]Louis William Rose
- Does Music Allow Me To Run Faster? (Part 1) November 13, 2013I recently read about some experimental results suggesting that listening to music makes physical effort seem easier. So I set out to test the results on myself. Good news. Listening to music is related to running faster.
- Cognitive Science: The Mind as Model October 11, 2013Catherine Dutilh Novaes has posted “Too Much Metaphor Language in Cognitive Science?” at the New APPS Blog. I share some of her sentiments. Below are a couple thoughts about them. First of all Catherine confesses, “one of the aspects that bother me quite a bit in the literature both in cognitive science and in the philosophy… Read More
- Where data meets the people December 8, 2013Ben Goldacre might be quite surprised to hear he’s written a sociology book, but for the second in our series on books about how the science of mind, brain and mental health meet society, Bad Pharma is an exemplary example. The book could essentially be read as a compelling textbook on clinical trial methodology with […]vaughanbell
- 2013-12-06 Spike activity December 6, 2013Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: C-List celebrity is photographed with a psychology book in her hand and New York Magazine is all over it like Glenn Greenwald with an encrypted harddrive. The New York Times covers a Dutch scheme to get alcoholics working by paying them in beer. Scheme […]vaughanbell