On mind and physical reality

Marcelo Gleiser writes about Searching for The Essence of Physical Reality in a post on NPR’s Cosmos and Culture blog. On the relationship between reality as described by quantum mechanics and everyday perception: If the essence of reality is defined by our interactions with it, then we must come to grips with two points: first, […]

Pansychism: Mind suffuses the Universe.

From the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, a fascinating overview of pansychism, the doctrine that mind  is a fundamental feature of the universe. Panpsychism’s assertion that mind suffuses the universe presents a fundamental and sharp contrast with its basic rival, emergentism, which asserts that mind appears only at certain times, in certain places under certain—probably very […]

Brooks illustrates the science of human nature

This is a great article by David Brooks, who can usually be found in the opinion pages of the New York Times. This is a decidedly different type of piece from him. Help comes from the strangest places. We are living in the middle of a revolution in consciousness. Over the past few decades, geneticists, […]

No such thing as free will

This quote below is from a great 2003 interview in The Believer with the British analytic philosopher, Galen Strawson. His viewpoint on the existence of free will rings true and there doesn’t seem to be a credible opposing argument. If you know of one, please let me know where to find it. THE BELIEVER: You start […]

Considering a digital afterlife

The in-depth New York Times article by Rob Walker, Cyberspace When You’re Dead, discusses many issues related to digital legacy. The paragraphs below succinctly capture some of the concepts central to the developing focus of this website. The idea of the self escaping bodily death by transforming into an age-proof, sickness-proof essence that can be […]

More On The Extended Mind

Andy Clark expands on his original article for The Stone, Out of Our Brains in an interesting follow-up: Extended Mind Redux: A Response.

Two Selves, Two Happiness Levels

Daniel Kahneman created the discipline of emotional economics. In this talk, he explains that we have two selves, two distinct ways we gauge happiness: a remembering self and an experiencing self. A TED talk. He also describes findings that happiness does increase in proportion to wealth, but only up to $60,000. After that, “we get […]

Boundaries of the Mind

Considering the integrated role of technology in our lives, Andy Clarke asks this question: Is it possible that, sometimes at least, some of the activity that enables us to be the thinking, knowing, agents that we are occurs outside the brain? Out of Our Brains – The Stone, a Philosophy blog at the New York […]

Magenta Has No Wavelength

Qualia are subjective experiences that may not have objective correlations. Magenta is such an experience – a color without a wavelength.

Consciousness, Qualia, and Self

Dr. V.S. Ramachandran, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at UCSD, discusses consciousness, qualia, and self.