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]

Medbots, Autodocs & Telemedicine

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/481844255 In science fiction stories, movies and games automated medical services are quite common. Some take the form of autodocs—essentially an autonomous robotic
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/481844255 In science fiction stories, movies and games automated medical services are quite common. Some take the form of autodocs—essentially an autonomous robotic [More]

Robert Pollack’s The Faith of Biology & The Biology of Faith

Some time ago now, I was sent a review copy of The Faith of Biology & The Biology of Faith: Order, Meaning, and Free Will in Modern Medical Science, by Robert Pollack (Columbia University
Some time ago now, I was sent a review copy of The Faith of Biology & The Biology of Faith: Order, Meaning, and Free Will in Modern Medical Science, by Robert Pollack (Columbia University [More]

Transhumanism and The Journal of Evolution and Technology

This piece was first published over on the IEET site (and I’ve also just reblogged it at my personal blog, The Hellfire Club). It sets out briefly what The Journal of Evolution and Technology
This piece was first published over on the IEET site (and I’ve also just reblogged it at my personal blog, The Hellfire Club). It sets out briefly what The Journal of Evolution and Technology [More]

Science as Salvation?

In the combative “two cultures” debate, a case of epistemological humility shows up. The physicist Marcelo Gleiser on the intellectual arrogance of his field…
In the combative “two cultures” debate, a case of epistemological humility shows up. The physicist Marcelo Gleiser on the intellectual arrogance of his field… [More]

Terraforming Ethics

J’atorg struggled along on his motile pods, wheezing badly as his air sacs fought with the new air. He cursed the humans, invoking the gods of his people. Reflecting, he cursed the humans by
J’atorg struggled along on his motile pods, wheezing badly as his air sacs fought with the new air. He cursed the humans, invoking the gods of his people. Reflecting, he cursed the humans by [More]

How Aristotle Invented Science

Long before Cuvier, Darwin, and Mendel, Aristotle was deciphering the mysteries of the cuttlefish’s abdominal tract, the ambiguities of hyena genitals…
Long before Cuvier, Darwin, and Mendel, Aristotle was deciphering the mysteries of the cuttlefish’s abdominal tract, the ambiguities of hyena genitals… [More]

Do some inductions require a necessary first cause?

Suppose that we’ve observed a dozen randomly chosen ravens and they’re all black. We (cautiously) make the obvious inference that all ravens are black. But then we find out that
Suppose that we’ve observed a dozen randomly chosen ravens and they’re all black. We (cautiously) make the obvious inference that all ravens are black. But then we find out that [More]

Is Philosophy Relevant in an Age of Science?

Criticizing philosophy has become de rigueur even among (former) philosophers these days. The main gist of these criticisms is that philosophy hasn't and can't keep up with the hard sciences in the knowledge-acquisition game. Our friends over at the Institute of Art and Ideas (IAI) took this problem to the debate floor in a recent video.
Criticizing philosophy has become de rigueur even among (former) philosophers these days. The main gist of these criticisms is that philosophy hasn't and can't keep up with the hard sciences in the knowledge-acquisition game. Our friends over at the Institute of Art and Ideas (IAI) took this problem to the debate floor in a recent video. [More]

Visions of Science

Introduced in 1833, the term “scientist” had grubby connotations. Natural philosophers thought deeply and wrote elegantly, scientists were data crunchers…
Introduced in 1833, the term “scientist” had grubby connotations. Natural philosophers thought deeply and wrote elegantly, scientists were data crunchers… [More]