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  • February 28, 2016
  • 12:29 PM

Against epiphenomenalism: summary and reply.

by Sergio Graziosi in Writing my own user manual - Sergio Graziosi's Blog

What follows is a direct reaction to the discussion I’ve had with Jochen below my first epiphenomenalism post. The discussion meandered into scary places, and Jochen ended up recommending me to keep it simple instead. I’m sure it is a…Read more ›... Read more »

Brian D. Earp. (2012) I can't get no (epistemic) satisfaction: Why the hard problem of consciousness entails a hard problem of explanation. Dialogues in Philosophy, Mental and Neuro Sciences, 5(1). info:/

  • January 16, 2016
  • 08:29 AM

Sources of Error: Epiphenomenalism (part 2)

by Sergio Graziosi in Writing my own user manual - Sergio Graziosi's Blog

Epiphenomena haunt me: the actual idea that we can explain any phenomena with the aid of the concept is thoroughly alien to me. In turn, this means that I don’t understand why people do rely on the concept, and consequently…Read more ›... Read more »

Robinson, W. (2012) Phenomenal Realist Physicalism Implies Coherency of Epiphenomenalist Meaning. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 19(3-4), 145-163. info:/

  • August 15, 2013
  • 11:16 PM

End of Life Gamma Waves: Altered State of Consciousness or Artifactual Brain Activity?

by The Neurocritic in The Neurocritic

"I had been in labor for my daughter for 16 hours. The labor was difficult and the Dr. approached me and told me it may come down to a choice between the child or myself.  ...  The labor dragged on and on and finally they came in and broke my water. I was rushed into delivery and within minutes my heart had stopped. I remember seeing a beautiful being of light enter the room. She told me I had to return as it was not my time yet. I was sucked back into my body as they restarted my br........ Read more »

Borjigin J, Lee U, Liu T, Pal D, Huff S, Klarr D, Sloboda J, Hernandez J, Wang MM, & Mashour GA. (2013) Surge of neurophysiological coherence and connectivity in the dying brain. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PMID: 23940340  

  • October 8, 2012
  • 03:23 AM

DMT, aliens, and reality, part 1

by Scott McGreal in Eye on Psych

Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is a naturally occurring psychedelic drug found in many plants and animals that is striking for the brevity and intensity of its effects. One of the most remarkable features of the DMT experience is the frequency with which users encounter non-human intelligences, often resembling aliens. Even more remarkably, some users come away from these encounters convinced that these entities are somehow real. The psychological aspects of such experiences have not yet been adequate........ Read more »

  • September 20, 2012
  • 03:35 AM

Precognition: Science meets Alice in Wonderland, part 2

by Scott McGreal in Eye on Psych

Part 1 of this article discussed Daryl Bem’s studies on precognition and the failure of subsequent studies to replicate his results. This second part discusses reasons for the incompatibility of parapsychology with modern science and possible reasons why interest in this field persists in spite of its continued failure to establish its validity. Belief in the paranormal is commonly associated with magical thinking and mystical belief. Many parapsychologists seem to be motivated by a desire........ Read more »

  • May 2, 2012
  • 08:58 AM

Autism and the art of campervan maintenance

by Jon Brock in Cracking the Enigma

Sometimes, it's good to get away. In February, we spent two weeks cruising around the North Island of New Zealand in a campervan, quickly christened Campo by my four-year-old. We saw the giant Kauri trees of Waipoua and the giant sand dunes on 90 mile beach; we went sailing on the Bay of Islands and bathing in the volcanic springs of Hotwater Beach. And it only rained twice. I learnt a little of the art of campervan maintenance [1]. And, while I was under strict instructions not to do any w........ Read more »

  • March 29, 2010
  • 11:39 PM

Climate change and philosophy of science: Does climate science aim at truth?

by Michael Slezak in Good, Bad, and Bogus

A couple of weeks ago there was an interesting exchange in The Guardian between George Monbiot and Nicholas Maxwell, a philosopher of science from University College London. In his piece, Monbiot presents an excellent, if overly pessimistic, analysis of the psychology behind climate change denial. In his response, Maxwell draws on some interesting results from the philosophy [...]... Read more »

Cartwright, Nancy. (2004) Do the laws of physics state the facts?. Readings on the Laws of Nature. info:/

Kitcher, P. (1981) Explanatory Unification. Philosophy of Science, 48(4), 507. DOI: 10.1086/289019  

  • July 8, 2009
  • 10:00 AM

A Romantic, Maybe too Romantic, Scientist

by Iddo Friedberg in Byte Size Biology

In the Hatena story about symbiosis, I posted the following picture drawn by Ernst Haeckel:

Beautiful!  In this day and age of imaging, high resolution photography, and molecular graphics, we forget that scientific drawing was a skill as necessary to life scientists  as microscopic imaging, or molecular graphics is today.  Indeed, biology was very much a [...]... Read more »

RICHARDSON, M., & KEUCK, G. (2002) Haeckel's ABC of evolution and development. Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, 77(4), 495-528. DOI: 10.1017/S1464793102005948  

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