Thursday, September 30, 2010

Upcoming Appearances

October 4, I'll be on Philosophy TV discussing consciousness and higher-order representation with Richard Brown.

October 8, I'm giving my talk "Swamp Mary Semantics: A Case for Physicalism Without Gaps" at the CUNY Grad Center (1-3pm room 7102).

And for the surely very small number of you who read this blog but not the Splintered Mind, my painting, Exomusicology, will adorn the cover of Eric Schwitzgebel's forthcoming MIT Press book, The Perplexities of Consciousness.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Brain Hammerings 09/29/2010

  • It is not too hard to construct "minds" that cannot be reconstructed easily from outputs. Consider a cryptographically secure pseudorandom number generator: watching the first k bits will not allow you to predict the k+1 bit with more than 50% probability, until you have run through the complete statespace (requires up to ~2^(number of state bits) output bits). This "mind" is not reconstructible from its output in any useful way.

    tags: alternate minds uploading


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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Brain Hammerings 09/28/2010


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Monday, September 27, 2010

Brain Hammerings 09/27/2010


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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Brain Hammerings 09/21/2010


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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Brain Hammerings 09/16/2010


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Philosophy TV on extended cognition: Kenneth Aizawa and Mark Rowlands

Kenneth Aizawa and Mark Rowlands on extended cognition at Philosophy TV:

Is your appointment notebook simply a helpful tool, or is it partly constitutive of your memory process? According to the extended mind thesis, the mind and its processes can and do extend beyond the brain. Rowlands defends a version of that view. Aizawa doubts that extended cognition ever actually occurs, although he grants that it is conceptually possible. In this conversation, they examine their disagreement, and discuss the importance of establishing a “mark of the cognitive” to resolve the debate.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Common Sense Atheism: Eric Steinhart – Dawkins and Theism

Nice interview (podcast and transcript) here of my colleague Eric Steinhart on mathematical and atheistic theology: Common Sense Atheism: Eric Steinhart – Dawkins and Theism