One of the highlights of this collection is a review by John Jeffery and Todd K. Shackelford (from Evolutionary Psychology, 2013. 11(5): 1077-1083) of Daniel C. Dennett’s Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking and Nicholas Humphrey’s Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness. Here is part of the review:
Humphrey, like Dennett, dispels the more romantic notions of consciousness as the gift of a spirit, but he cleverly reappropriates the terminology of spirituality to align with a scientific vision of consciousness. Both he and Dennett employ tactical vocabularies, wishing to make their arguments more appetizing to a general audience and, in Dennett’s case for compatibilism, safe for consumption. Most importantly, Soul Dust and Intuition Pumps work to collapse the irresistible assumption that we live in a phenomenological reality outside of our biology, while simultaneously celebrating and elevating its significance.Enjoy the other links, as well.
- From Methode, a special issue on Free Will: Thirty Points of View.
- Joshua May (UAB): On the Very Concept of Free Will.
- Manuel Vargas (San Francisco): If Free Will Doesn't Exist, Neither Does Water; and How to Solve the Problem of Free Will.
- Jennifer Matey (FIU): Can Blue Mean Four?
- Alfred Mele (FSU): Free Will and Neuroscience.
- Could quantum mechanics save the soul, and in the light of 20th century physics, is free will plausible?
- Sam McNerney on the illusion of conscious will.
- Herbert Gintis reviews Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain by Patricia S. Churchland.
- From PUP, the introduction to Developmental Neuroscience: A Concise Introduction by Susan E. Fahrbach.
- Safecracking the brain: Virginia Hughes on what neuroscience is learning from code-breakers and thieves.
- From The Atlantic Monthly, Paul Bloom on the war on reason: Scientists and philosophers argue that human beings are little more than puppets of their biochemistry — here's why they're wrong.
- Eran Asoulin reviews Explaining the Computational Mind by Marcin Milkowski.
- Pumping dust: John Jeffery and Todd K. Shackelford review Daniel C. Dennett’s Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking and Nicholas Humphrey’s Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness.
- Brandon Keim on Christof Koch’s radical theory of how networks become conscious.
- Sorry religions, human consciousness is just a consequence of evolution: Krishna Andavolu interviews Michael Graziano, author of Consciousness and the Social Brain.
- Consciousness is the greatest mystery in science; don’t believe the hype — the Hard Problem is here to stay.
- Is Google wrecking our memory? Nope — it’s much, much weirder than that.
- R. Douglas Fields on how to erase bad memories.