Tag Archives: Thought

How do you separate the objective from the subjective?

So, I’m a skeptic, and I’ve had my share of debates on comment threads with people about purported phenomena without scientific evidence.  One of the claims often asserted is that so many people have experienced it, there must be something … Continue reading

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Is consciousness in control? Does it matter?

A new scientific paper claims to describe an experiment that shows that consciousness controls our actions.  From the paper: These results indicate that conscious intentions govern motor function… until today, it was unclear whether conscious motor intention exists prior to … Continue reading

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The scope of objective facts and morality

Our recent discussions, particularly on the thread about Jonathan Haidt’s response to Sam Harris’s challenge, left me thinking about the various scopes of objective facts.  In retrospect, it’s a bit obvious to me now that a key question in moral … Continue reading

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TED and unrealistic expectations

Benjamin Bratton’s TED talk appears to be getting a lot of attention: The Guardian also has a transcript. It seems to me that Bratton’s talk can be summarized as, you’re all not thinking hard enough, not making real impacts, and … Continue reading

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Consciousness is in the eye of the beholder

Alan Turing was a pioneer in the field of computer science.  One of the things he is famous for is the Turing test.  At its core, this is a test about whether or not a machine, a computer, can convince … Continue reading

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