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Archive for the ‘Dennett’ Category

Another easy answer

This is a follow-up to this recent post, and it refers to the same Guardian article. As I see it, the “philosophical zombie”, a hypothetical creature that can pass as a normal human being in every way but is actually just a “brilliant robot”, entirely automatic, is simply a person with whom you do not […]

March 3, 2015   Posted in: consciousness, Dennett, philosophy  Comments Closed

DTMD abstract and slides

My talk at the DTMD workshop (see recent posts) is this afternoon, and I thought I’d make the abstract and slides available.

September 7, 2011   Posted in: announcements, consciousness, Dennett, information, philosophy, physics  Comments Closed

My study plans

After much cogitation, mainly about PhD possibilities, but also (very briefly) about whether I even want to complete the MSc, yesterday I reached some firm conclusions, which I’m publicising to confirm my commitment to them (ie for my own benefit even if nobody else is interested, which is entirely possible). The main development yesterday was […]

February 13, 2010   Posted in: announcements, Dennett, information, philosophy  Comments Closed

No wonder people don’t like Dennett

In Kinds of Minds (1996, p15), Daniel Dennett quotes Elaine Morgan: The heart-stopping thing about the new-born is that, from minute one, there is somebody there. Anyone who bends over the cot and gazes at it is being gazed back at. (1995, p99) Dennett responds: As an observation about how we human observers instinctively react […]

December 19, 2009   Posted in: Dennett, differentials, philosophy  Comments Closed

Some thoughts on Dennett

Added December 2009: This now needs a health warning. It was written before I knew anything about theory-theory and simulation theory, and though my basic stance has changed little if any, I’d now express some of these ideas quite differently. (Also, some of the internal links might not work.) In Susan Blackmore’s Conversations on Consciousness […]

May 16, 2007   Posted in: consciousness, Dennett, differentials, information, philosophy  Comments Closed


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