A very interesting interview with Donald D. Hoffman, Professor of Cognitive Science at my alma mater, UC Irvine. He claims that quantum mechanics should lead us to the view that there is no objective reality; rather, there are only our experiences.
Lots of interesting stuff at his website: http://www.cogsci.uci.edu/~ddhoff/
This articles discusses the ability to predict human behavior based on brain scans. This has obvious implications about free will. If our behavior is determined by subconscious brain events, then what room is left for free will?
Check out the review of this new book that traces the history of the words an concepts used in psychology, philosophy of mind, etc. to theorize about the mind. This review goes well beyond the scope of the book and attempts to show the place of computers and artificial intelligence in the history of the mind. Very interesting.
If Maui is the best possible island, does this mean that Gaunilo’s object to Anselm’s ontological argument fails?
This is an impressive short story that explores issues of consciousness, intelligence, and moral status as they apply across species (aliens). It can be read in many ways, but it can certainly be read as an indictment of humans as cruel masters of intelligent animals.