Tag Archives: neuroscience

Is the mind a machine?

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

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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

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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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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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The Mysterious Power of Naming in Human Cognition

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

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The neural shadow-play: A metaphor for how we infer how the brain works from a variety of methods

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

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