- 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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Tag Archives: metaphor
Perhaps we have to start by asking what a “thing” is. Let’s try the following definition: a thing has the attribute of location in space and time. Further, we might conclude that in order to locate something, we must have … Continue reading →
My latest 3QD essay explores the “mind as machine” metaphor, and metaphors in general. Putting the “cog” in “cognitive”: on the “mind as machine” metaphor Here’s an excerpt: People who study the mind and brain often confront the limits of … Continue reading →
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 →
Me and My Brain: What the “Double-Subject Fallacy” reveals about contemporary conceptions of the Self
My latest essay for 3 Quarks Daily is up: Me and My Brain: What the “Double-Subject Fallacy” reveals about contemporary conceptions of the Self Here’s an excerpt: What is a person? Does each of us have some fundamental essence? Is … Continue reading →
Can we say that a particular brain area mediates some function? My answer to a good Quora question: “Understanding the brain is like understanding the shape of a very complex, dynamic and multifaceted object by looking at the shadows projected … Continue reading →