Category Archives: 3QD

Ways of Knowing

Here is an excerpt from my latest 3QD essay: “To attempt an understanding of understanding, I think it might make sense to situate our verbal forms of knowledge-generation in the wider world of knowing: a world that includes the forms … Continue reading

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The “Streetlight Effect”: a metaphor for knowledge and ignorance

Here’s the beginning of my latest 3QD piece: There is a story that I think anyone interested in human knowledge ought to know. It comes in many forms. Here is one version, incarnated as a joke: ‘A policeman sees a … Continue reading

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Is neuroscience really ruining the humanities?

For my latest 3QD post, I expanded on my answer to a Quora question: Is neuroscience ruining the humanities? Here’s an excerpt: “Neuroscience is ruining the humanities”. This was the provocative title of a recent article by Arthur Krystal in … Continue reading

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Science: The Quest for Symmetry

My latest 3QD post is up. This time I’m talking about symmetry and its relationship with science. Here’s a snippet: Attitudes toward science in the public sphere occupy an interesting spectrum. At one extreme there are the cheerleaders — those who … Continue reading

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Does dopamine produce a feeling of bliss? On the chemical self, the social self, and reductionism.

Here’s the intro to my latest blog post at 3 Quarks Daily. “The  osmosis of neuroscience into popular culture is neatly symbolized by a  phenomenon I recently chanced upon: neurochemical-inspired jewellery. It  appears there is a market for silvery pendants … Continue reading

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From Cell Membranes to Computational Aesthetics: On the Importance of Boundaries in Life and Art

My next 3QD column is out. I speculate about the role of boundaries in life, curiosity, and identity. This image is a taster: If you want to know what this diagram might mean, check out the article: From Cell Membranes … Continue reading

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