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Conclusion from The Neuroscience of Free Will and the Illusion of “You”: How hard determinism could inform the true nature of the self ‘ACT asks us, “If I’m not my thoughts, what am I?” Good question. In order to understand the true nature of the self, it may be worth abandoning some of our […]

Donald David Hoffman, Chetan Prakash, Objects of consciousness, Frontiers in Psychology, v. 5, N 00577, 2014. The list of scientific papers of the first author: Quotes from the paper Abstract “We develop the dynamics of interacting conscious agents, and study how the perception of objects and space-time can emerge from such dynamics. We […]

From preface Clément Vidal, The Beginning and the End: The Meaning of Life in a Cosmological Perspective, 2012. “Deciding what to do after high school is difficult and pivotal. When I told my aunt that I wanted to study philosophy at the university, she looked at me very empathically and told me: “have you considered […]

Danko Nikolić has sent to peirce-l list a link to his paper (Nikolić, D. Practopoiesis: Or how life fosters a mind. Journal of Theoretical Biology) where he explains on how abduction happens in the brain: This has caused a long discussion on the list that could be found in the archives: Below there […]

A quote from The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World by Edward Dolnick ‘Leeuwenhoek jumped up from his bed one night, “immediately after ejaculation before six beats of the pulse had intervened,” and raced to his microscope. There he became the first person ever to see sperm cells. […]

A quote from Hans Sluga, Wittgenstein Chapter 1. The situated thinker A Man at the Crossroads “If we are to classify him [Wittgenstein] at all, we would certainly have to call Wittgenstein a religious thinker within the Christian tradition. But that characterization is not easy to reconcile with the content of Wittgenstein’s actual philosophical work, […]

Quotes from Hans Sluga, Wittgenstein Chapter 6. Our Unsurveyable Grammar Essential Complexity “The physical universe, for instance, is very large but we may still be able to construct a surveyable representation of certain of its properties. That is why we can formulate general laws of physics that have both an explanatory and a predictive power. […]

Quotes from Hans Sluga, Wittgenstein Chapter 1. The situated thinker. The Alienated Thinker “For one thing, Wittgenstein appears to assume in them a sharp division between philosophy and science. Thus he rejects any conception of philosophy that would make it into a quasi-scientific enterprise. He writes accordingly, in the Blue Book: ‘Philosophers constantly see the […]