- The "Streetlight Effect": a metaphor for knowledge and ignorance
- Metaphor: the Alchemy of Thought
- Vision: the Master Metaphor
- The Tao that can be expressed
- Ways of Knowing
- Truth, Validity and Usefulness
- The Great Red Spot (or, When Can a Thing be Said to Exist?)
- From Cell Membranes to Computational Aesthetics: On the Importance of Boundaries in Life and Art
- Is the mind a machine?
- Is there any such thing as "nothing"?
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[This is an essay I wrote in 2008, on an old blog.] The following is the first part of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching — it’s my favourite piece of eastern philosophy. I’ve quoted it many times, ever since I … Continue reading
Here’s the intro to my latest 3QD essay: I’ve always had a problem with the word ‘nature’. It seems to serve as a label for multiple, mutually inconsistent notions. This in itself is not a reason to dislike a word … Continue reading
I’ve written a long-form essay for the blog/aggregator site 3 Quarks Daily: Boundaries and Subtleties: the Mysterious Power of Naming in Human Cognition Here’s a taster: I’ve divided up the essay into four parts. Here’s the plan: We’ll introduce two key … Continue reading
In the murky centuries before the dawn of the scientific age, alchemists used the phrase “As above, so below” to convey their belief that the neat order observed in the heavens could also be discerned amidst the chaos on earth. … Continue reading