Philosophy of Mind and Language

I’m starting up new online classes for this coming fall semester and when I do so I’m adding several classes I’ve never offered online before. So far the one filling up the fastest (with 7 students) is Philosophy of Mind and Language. No less than six of my previous online students of mine are coming back for this class [Read More...]

Philosopher-Scientist Massimo Pigliucci On The Colbert Report (AI Issues)

The Colbert ReportGet More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,The Colbert Report on Facebook,Video Archive Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Mary in the Black and White Room Dramatized

A classic philosophical thought experiment from the philosophy of mind is dramatized and explained in a way that is helpful, vivid, and a little cheesy: H/T: Pete Mandik Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

How Can We Judge Who’s Conscious?

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The new philosophy webcomic Existential Comics presents “Bad News At The Doctor”. [Read more...]

Philosophical Advice About Not Appearing Closed Minded (Part 1)

Dear Dr. Fincke, I’m a big fan of your blog and I absolutely adore your articles. I have a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy myself, and I am always up for a rigorous debate. I pride myself on being able to keep an open mind on a lot of issues and entertain assertions and their logical [Read More...]

What Are Monkeys', Chimps', and Dogs' Thoughts Like?

In this audio file from Philosophy Bites, philosopher of mind Tim Crane discusses what philosophical and psychological methods there are for potentially figuring out what kinds of minds and thoughts animals might have. He has the most to say about chimps, monkeys, and dogs. He is the author of The Mechanical Mind: A Philosophical Introduction to Minds, Machines and Mental Representation,Elements [Read More...]

Mimicking the Brain in Silicon

MIT researchers make progress towards a potentially amazing accomplishment: For decades, scientists have dreamed of building computer systems that could replicate the human brain’s talent for learning new tasks. MIT researchers have now taken a major step toward that goal by designing a computer chip that mimics how the brain’s neurons adapt in response to [Read More...]

Are Supernaturalists Actually Super-materialists?

Ophelia plucks and highlights a comment so good and philosophically interesting from PZ’s comments section that I just have to reproduce it too. For the background, Colin Tudge falsely claimed that in Richard Dawkins’s new introduction to science for children, The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True, Dawkins dogmatically imposes on children a “crude materialism” that [Read More...]

How Does Language Shape Our Color Experiences?

A fascinating video, via PZ, who also offers some analysis. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b71rT9fU-I&feature=player_embedded#! Your Thoughts? [Read more...]


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