Chapter 6: The lump under the rug In this section, Feser argues that the existence of the mind is incompatible with materialism. Not only that, but materialist explanations of mind often refer, if only implicitly or subconsciously, to aristotelian concepts. But first, he has to dispel a misconception: to say that something has a final… Continue reading The Last Superstition: Great Gobs of Uncertainty
Chapter 5: The Mind-Body Problem After spending several pages, as is his wont, trashing Locke, Descartes, and other people he doesn’t agree with, Feser tells us why materialist explanations of the mind are doomed: the human mind is all about final causes: we plan, we imagine, we make mental images and so on. All of… Continue reading The Last Superstition: Material Brains, Immaterial Software
The BillDo is up in arms again. This time, he’s unhappy about a piece that aired on The Daily Show a few days ago about the right’s War on Women, contrasting it to the War on Christmas™. And specifically at a bit where Jon Stewart suggested that, to prevent unwanted government intrusion into their sex… Continue reading Cooches Are Filthy and Disgusting. Who Knew?
Here are three statements: St. Anselm says that no one really disbelieves in God. Stephen Hawking says that spacetime is smooth at the Big Bang. PZ Myers says that “The only appropriate responses should involve some form of righteous fury, much butt-kicking, and the public firing and humiliation of some teachers” All three are of… Continue reading Three Different Things that Look Similar
Yesterday, during a routine medical examination, I found out that I have a dermatofibroma. Don’t worry about me. My prognosis is very good. I should still have a few decades left. It means that at some point I got bitten by an insect, but a piece of stinger was probably left behind, and scar tissue… Continue reading The Thing, and the Name of the Thing
I’ve been having a bit of an argument with someone on another site — a wiki — over his tendency to copy pages from other sites, instead of restating the information in his own words. Stick around. This isn’t about SIWOTI. I promise I’ll get to the autistic artists soon enough. I think we all… Continue reading Autistic Artists and Plagiarism