A highly illuminating discussion of the place of value, meaning and purpose within a naturalistic worldview. H/p synthetic zero
In order to construct an anthropologically unbounded account of posthumans, we need a psychology-free account of value. There may, after all, be many possible posthuman psychologies but we don’t know about any of them to date. However, the theory requires posthumans to be autonomous systems of a special kind: Functionally Autonomous Systems (see below). I […]
http://embed.ted.com/talks/rebecca_saxe_how_brains_make_moral_judgments.html In this excellent presentation Saxe claims that Transcranial Magnetic Simulation applied to the temporo-parietal junction (TPJ) – a region specialized for mentalizing in human adults – can improve the effectiveness of moral reasoning by improving our capacity to understand other human minds. This suggests an interesting conundrum for moral philosophers working in the Kantian […]
Deep into the morning procrastination ritual – reading two or more blogs and FB instead of the chapter I’m meant to be finishing – I realized that I had forgotten what I had been reading a minute ago. So I let my mouse hover over the IE icon on my task bar and hey presto! […]
My article “Nature’s Dark Domain: An Argument for a Naturalized Phenomenology” is out in Havi Carel’s and Darian Meachan’s Phenomenology and Naturalism collection. Other authors include Michael Wheeler, Alison Assiter, Rudolph Bernet, Dermot Moran, and Iain Grant.
I’m currently using Davidsonian radical interpretation as a model for understanding the obstructions presented by very alien minds and phenomenologies – posthumans, aliens, cats, etc. However, much as I admire Davidson’s writings I don’t really want to be a Davidsonian. For example, I don’t think that content is constituted by how others might interpret it in ideal […]
There’s a fascinating post at Neuroanthropology.net detailing the work of Susan Schaller with language-deprived deaf people and other research on the difficult relationship between non-linguistic conceptual thinking and linguistically mediated thinking.
Autonomous systems of the kind that we can conceive as emerging from our technology are liable to be modular assemblages of elements that can couple opportunistically with other entities or systems, creating new assemblages whose powers and dispositions are transformed and dynamically put into play by such couplings. The best way of representing modularity […]
Excellent discussion of whether it takes a mind to detect a mind from Pete Mandik here.
A video record of the recent all-stars conference.