Who’s in charge anyway?

Influenced by the discoveries of cognitive science, many of us will now accept that much of our mental life is unconscious. There are subliminal perceptions, implicit attitudes and beliefs,
Influenced by the discoveries of cognitive science, many of us will now accept that much of our mental life is unconscious. There are subliminal perceptions, implicit attitudes and beliefs, [More]

The world as hypertext

We all have experiences as of physical things, and it is possible to interpret these experiences as perceptions of objects and events belonging to a single universe. In Leibniz’s famous image, our
We all have experiences as of physical things, and it is possible to interpret these experiences as perceptions of objects and events belonging to a single universe. In Leibniz’s famous image, our [More]

Mystery of consciousness

We know a lot about the brain, but the mystery of consciousness remains elusive. Is this the boundary of what science can explain?…
We know a lot about the brain, but the mystery of consciousness remains elusive. Is this the boundary of what science can explain?… [More]

IAI: Videos on Wittgenstein, Time, and the Mind

Three new videos by IAI feature topics on Wittgenstein on nonsense, a debate the nature of time, and Ted Honderich discussing the nature of mind
Three new videos by IAI feature topics on Wittgenstein on nonsense, a debate the nature of time, and Ted Honderich discussing the nature of mind [More]

IAI Debate: Secrets of the Mind

Many philosophers hold that the essence of consciousness is the first person experience of being a conscious being, a phenomenon irreducible to any third-person analysis. Others demur. On which side do you fall?
Many philosophers hold that the essence of consciousness is the first person experience of being a conscious being, a phenomenon irreducible to any third-person analysis. Others demur. On which side do you fall? [More]

Your Brain on Metaphors

Metaphor used to be a poetic ornament. Then neuroscientists got involved, and a nascent theory of consciousness emerged…
Metaphor used to be a poetic ornament. Then neuroscientists got involved, and a nascent theory of consciousness emerged… [More]

Visions of the Impossible

Mind over materialism. Humanists’ refusal to consider the inexplicable has made them boring. How to account for the mental telegraphy of Mark Twain?…
Mind over materialism. Humanists’ refusal to consider the inexplicable has made them boring. How to account for the mental telegraphy of Mark Twain?… [More]

A ‘New’ Theory of Consciousness?

Princeton neuroscientist Michael Graziano has a take on the problem of consciousness he thinks may shed some new light on this puzzle. He calls his approach, the “attention schema theory” and sums it up as the idea, “consciousness is a schematic model of one’s state of attention.”
Princeton neuroscientist Michael Graziano has a take on the problem of consciousness he thinks may shed some new light on this puzzle. He calls his approach, the “attention schema theory” and sums it up as the idea, “consciousness is a schematic model of one’s state of attention.” [More]

The Daily Owl 8-28-2013

“What I want to insist on, ceaselessly, is that one can accept the obvious facts of physics—for example, that the world is made up entirely of physical particles in fields of force—without at the same time denying the obvious facts about our own experiences—for example, that we all are conscious and that our conscious states have quite irreducible phenomenological properties. ” [More]