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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
2:04 pm
Tonya V


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music: Vincent Gallo - When
Saturday, May 16th, 2009
8:24 pm

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The most famous story about Diogenes, is how he searched for an honest man during the daytime with a lamp. Ability to free oneself from dogmas of religion and culture

Наиболее известна история о Диогене, как он днём с фонарём искал честного человека. Cпособность к освобождению от догм религии и культуры

B.S. foto 1 and foto 2 -- Kiev 88 crossprocessed Kodak Ektachrome 100 E-6 to C-41
foto 3 -- smena 8m fuji superia iso200

B.B.S. wasn't sure if it fits into this community, but decided to post and see what will happen. Can delete it from here if you will find it is not appropriate
Wednesday, March 5th, 2008
10:13 pm
The Examined Life: Is Mind Distinct From Body?
I was recently surfing around YouTube and stumbled across a few episodes of a series someone had uploaded called "The Examined Life." I did some research and it looks like it was a 26 episode series shot for a philosophy class at some L.A. community college. In any case, the caliber of people interviewed and the clarity of the overall presentation is really impressive, and so I thought I'd pass it along to anyone who was interested. The following episode is called "Is Mind Distinct From Body?"

Friday, March 9th, 2007
7:46 pm
Call for readers
I would like your input on a paper I'm writing. No specialized knowledge is required.

It is a theoretical paper studying human value judgments. If a person has a choice of starting a new company or taking a job in an existing firm, how is the decision made?

Please reply with your email address if you'd like to read!
I'm looking input on content first, style second. It's due Weds., March 14th, so I'll be fast both sending and corresponding. Thanks in advance, those of you who decide to help! :)
Wednesday, December 6th, 2006
4:41 pm
Monday, October 9th, 2006
1:48 pm
I am a student in philosophy and really do not want to bother any of you, but need a little clarification! "Personal Identity"? I am reading Hume and Campbell and am getting the general just, however, it would be extremely helpful if someone could give me a push. What qualities are sufficient for guaranteeing personal identity?
Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006
9:54 pm
Phil of Mind, Cog Sci: Anti-Computationalism
This is a (short) paper I wrote for a Cog-Sci/Phil-of-Mind class. The idea is that human minds must be functionally superior to modern day standard computers. Any comments welcome.

I go to UMCP, home of Prof. Georges Rey (Rey at Wikipedia). And this paper began as a response to a section of his Contemporary Philosophy of Mind: A Contentiously Classical Approach in which he discusses the implications of Godel's incompleteness results. But the paper mostly appeals to the views of a professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Selmer Bringsjord, to defend anti-computationalism. The response to Rey's discussion appears briefly in the closing paragraph.

x-posts: philosophy, real_philosophy

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Sunday, July 16th, 2006
6:41 pm
Mirror Neurons and ToM
Hello! I just joined the community and thought I would share something that I posted in my own journal just the other day.
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Current Mood: relaxed
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006
2:18 am
Our childrens' minds are at stake!
Most reading this will have seen how creationists get their knickers in a twist over this-or-that ridiculous cartoon character or childrens programme promoting atheism or evolution or homosexuality or something (like here.)

Well watching Doctor Who (a British kids TV programme that it's okay for adults to like) recently, I noticed how there's a lot of 'insiduous Cartesian dualism' in many programmes, especially those aimed at children. For example we'll see machines capable of extracting a person's mind and putting it into someone else's body, we'll even see their 'spirit' floating from one head to another. And the children will just accept it as fact!!!!1

What are we doing to our children? Do we want the next generation to be ignorant of the problem interaction? Must we leave the little ones to be blissfully unaware of the problem of counting souls? Are we to leave them believing that no matter how many times they pound their friends over the head with a stick, their 'souls' will be unharmed? We're encouraging a generation of killers!

It gets worse! On other children's programmes, we see talking toy dogs, talking cats, talking pianos! Now we're confusing them further into an unthinking functionalism! Do they not realize the problems associated with the realization of mind in piano keys and piano strings? Soon our children will think that EVERYTHING is minded! Soon they'll be naming their alarm clocks and talking to their computers! And not a single one will have even heard of the Chinese Room!

In everyday life, totally unawares, children are being indoctrinated into believing in unthinking ideas about mind! 'Look into your heart' they're told - Aristotle may have thought that thinking happens in the heart, but surely we've moved on from there by now! As for talk of 'soul', like in a recent Doctor Who, well, I scarcely want to consider what bizarre concepts float around in the minds of young children!

We must be deeply disturbed by the infiltration of our culture by such disturbingly bad philosophy of mind! Our children's futures are at stake!

:P ;)
Monday, February 6th, 2006
10:48 am
I wonder if anyone has institutional access to this article... if anyone could help me here, I'd be very glad =)
btw, if anyone actually has access to this article, it would be great if I could receive it on caio DOT maximino AT gmail DOT com
Thanks in advance,
Wednesday, December 14th, 2005
10:38 pm
Mind & Brain Forum
I have been purusing the internet and have discover this most excellent Mind and Brain forum. It is by far the best neuroscience bulliten board I have seen on the web. It is hard to find places online to discuss this sort of thing. I encourage you all to check it out and post. It is located at physicsforums.com. They will be starting up a journal club soon. :) As they say the more the merrier!

Heres a link so you can check out the postings and see if any of it interests you.
Thursday, September 8th, 2005
1:36 pm
Hello all. I just started a community centered around using the powers of the subconscious mind. Here's the description:

This community is a place for those who have either read Dr. Joseph Murphy's "The Power of Your Subconscious Mind," or other subconscious-related literature; a place where ideas can be bounced back and forth; experiences, stories and results shared, as well as whatever else may be loosely or closely connected to the extraordinary results that occur when the subconscious mind's capabilities are realized. Some of the material here may be borderline New Age, and some may be strictly scientific. Either way, this place is for those who are experimenting with and developing the capabilities of the subconscious mind, those who are merely interested and possibly considering future experimentation, or for those who are just plain interested in hearing what others have to say about the subject.


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Wednesday, June 29th, 2005
1:48 am
Allegory of the Cave
OK, so this stuff is probably written all over the place, but since this form has been kinda slow lately I figure you guys & gals can give me some opinions.

A friend of mine were having an argument about whatever, and as is usual, it comes down to the essence of reality. His point, which is more/less the allegory of the cave (as I understand it), was that since everything we can experience and know is brought to us by our perceptions, then when we die, or cease to perceive, all of reality goes away with it.. or at least, there is no way to prove otherwise.

Basically, all you really KNOW is that you can 'think'.. the rest is just a guess. Even your physical body might not be as you think it is (a-la The Matrix or something), let alone the World. So once your consciousness is gone, you can never say with 100% accuracy that anything else will continue to exist. This isn't necessarily a bold statement in itself, but it has bigger implications, such as there is no way to be 100% certain of Religion, etc.

I've been trying to grapple with this for some time, but can't come up with any other/better way of looking at things. I've also attempted to explain this as best I could, but it's late so please ask if clarification is needed.
Saturday, June 18th, 2005
1:57 pm
It might interest some to know that David Chalmers' blog, "Fragments of Consciousness", now has an LJ feed.

Thursday, May 19th, 2005
12:09 pm
A Robust Theory of Epistemological Relativism and How It Does Not Imply One Can't Be Wrong
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(Needless to say, x-posting everywhere.)
Thursday, May 5th, 2005
2:14 am
Can we call paranoiac schizophrenics happy people, self-satisfied personalities? Because their imagination creates everything necessary for their personal needs. It's not real, but does it that important, if they are fully satisfied?

from that, can Buddhism "enlightenment" be sort of schizophrenia?(that's basically what led me to this thought)
Saturday, April 23rd, 2005
6:18 pm
The question of existence
It seems to me that for the majority of people something must be massive in order to actually exist.

As of yet there is nothing that we can physically point to and say "A-HA! That is the mind!" So according to this definition the mind does not exist and the idea of dualism must be put to rest.

What's your take on the meaning of "existence" and do you see a dualistic concept of the mind ever fulfilling that definition?

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1:54 am
Thomas Nagel
I'm researching the problem of subjectivity at Thomas Nagel's philosophy. I've got all of his books and articles, however I don't have any good critical essay on his philosophy.
If someone have them, please send me them on e-mail (simbol@inbox.ru) or give me links.... if you have your own articles or even thoughts about the problem, you are welcome to wright it here or by e-mail...

crossposted in philosophyand real_philosophy
Sunday, April 17th, 2005
3:40 pm
Wednesday, April 13th, 2005
12:23 pm
if it were possible to replace a portion of a person's brain, say for instance an eye, with a fuctionally equivalent computer, would said person's experience retain that mystical property we refer to as 'qualia'?

also, if we can functionally replace one part of a brain, and please note that the retina is part of the brain proper, then why should we still insist that other parts of the brain cannot be functionally replaced?

which leads me to searle's chinese room

if i replace those areas of searle's brain commonly known as wernicke's area and broca's area with functionally equivalent computers (chinese rooms), why would anyone want to insist that searle would lack that mystical property we refer to as 'understanding'? when we speak to searle it is those meaningless formal operations of the chinese room computers that allow him to comprehend and appropiately respond to what we say. to, if you will, understand us.

but there are those who still want to insist that experience (understanding, qualia, etc) are properties solely of our brains, and not anything 'in'organic. such claims puzzle me. our brains are just electrically conductive conglomerations of cholesterol. what is it about this glob of neurons that makes people so damn certain there could nothing else like it?
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