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Archives for December, 2006

Since it’s come up a lot, here’s a recent discussion of Anselm’s Ontological Argument in the philosophical literature (via OPP). Millican, P. (2004). The one fatal flaw in Anselm’s Aagument. Mind, 113, 437-476. Anselm’s Ontological Argument fails, but not for any of the various reasons commonly adduced. In particular, its failure has nothing to do…

Re: Your Brains

Is it wrong that I find this absolutely hilarious? It may be my son’s new favorite song, too. Someone should pass this on to David Chalmers. That zombie clearly exhibits all the signs of consciousness.

Welcome, OmniBrain!

I should have posted about this yesterday, but, well, I’m a slacker. One of my favorite blogs, OmniBrain, has moved to ScienceBlogs. Both Stephen and Sandra are great bloggers, and they always manage to have fun with cognitive and brain sciences. Stephen is a perception researcher, but I try not to hold that against him.…

Embodied Language and Expertise

One of the more sophisticated theories in embodied cognition is Lawrence Barsalou’s perceptual symbol systems theory. It is, in essence, an updated version of the “ideas as images” position of the British empiricists, and the mental imagery theories of the seventies1. The basics of the theory are really quite simple. Here’s a short description from…

They Like Me, They Really Like Me!

It seems that Mixing Memory is a finalist for best science blog in the 2006 Weblog Awards. I’m not sure how they decide on finalists (whoever gets nominated, I guess), but it’s cool anyway. Several other ScienceBlogs were nominated as well, including Pharyngula (i.e., the winner), Deltoid, and Good Math, Bad Math, along with Respectful…

Thanks for the Discussion

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who’s participated in the discussion in the previous post, and to anyone who adds to that discussion. I may disagree with you, and you with me, and we may even do so pretty vehemently, but I’ve been impressed with the level of the discussion (a rarity, in…

This Is Exactly What I’m Talking About

PZ Myers on religion in general, and not just fundamentalism. I think this will be my last post on the topic for a while (I can hear your cheers), because Dr. Myers has shown the ignorance and bias in the “Churchill” position so well that I don’t need to add anything else. “Nuance”? Sweet jebus,…

Schopenhauer’s Parables

I posted these long ago on the old blog, but I was reading Studies in Pessimism, and when I came across them, I decided to post them again. The parables are all from the last chapter of the book. At the end is one of his “Psychological Observations,” which is from the fifth chapter. A…

It seems some people are having trouble wrapping their minds around what it means to be a Neville Chamberlain atheist, while other people are just making up any definition they can to make anyone who’s not a hyper-scientistic Dawkinsian look bad. Recall that I think the Chamberlain-Churchill distinction is b.s., but since fundamentalists of any…

At some point, terror management theorists are going to attempt to explain everything in the universe with their theory (I suspect we’ll see a paper titled “Mortality Salience and the Bose-Einstein Condensate” in the next few years). Since I’ve already talked about terror management theory work on religion, politics, and aesthetics (here and here), I…