Tag Archives: Daniel Dennett

From Neural ‘Is’ to Moral ‘Ought’

This talk takes its inspiration from Joshua Greene’s ‘From neural ‘is’ to moral ‘ought’: what are the moral implications of neuroscientific moral psychology?’ He says: “Many moral philosophers regard scientific research as irrelevant to their work because science deals with … Continue reading

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Empathy

(This is the fifteenth part of the ‘From Neural Is to Moral Ought’ series. It looks at emotional empathy, particularly by considering those with non-typical empathy.) Empathy, Psychopathy and Autism Care, Anxiety and Trust Previously, we have looked at the biological development from … Continue reading

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Bubbles

In many of the posts on this blogsite, I have been advocating a physicalist worldview in which an agent interacts with the environment in which it is in. This includes many references to Karl Friston’s ‘variational free energy’ theory of … Continue reading

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Moral Fundamentalism is a Scientific Sin

Kate Douglas’s 26 May 2014 New Scientist Article ‘How moral fundamentalism becomes a scientific sin’ is a review of Mark Johnson’s ‘Morality for Humans’ book (parts available on-line via Google Books). The article is reproduced here with some highlights (in bold) and comments from me. … Continue reading

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Others, Orders and Oughts

(This is the eighth part of the ‘From Neural Is to Moral Ought’ series.) 34: The Purpose of Moral Theories The three main moral theories provide us with a mechanism for determining what we should do, how we should behave. They … Continue reading

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Consequentialism for Idiots

(This is fifth part of the ‘From Neural Is to Moral Ought’ series of talks.) 20: Deontology for Idiots As previously stated, ‘normative ethics’ is that sub-division of ethics that asks what is the right (and wrong) way for people to act … Continue reading

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A Methodological Science

(This is the third part – of four – of the talk ‘The Science Delusion’ and follows on from the introduction to (conventional, i.e. metaphysical) Physicalism in part 2 to return to the idea of science as a method introduced (through the … Continue reading

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On Hawkins, Hierarchy, Homunculi and the Hippocampus

On Intelligence As previously noted, Jeff Hawkins takes a very similar approach to Karl Friston’s ‘variational Free Energy’ with the concept of ‘hierarchical message passing’ playing a key role in both. In such hierarchical message passing, it is clear how … Continue reading

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Intelligence and the Brain: A Quick Summary

This is the concluding posting of the talk ‘Intelligence and the Brain’ which simply summarizes major points in a small number of bullet points: Intelligence has been presented here with reference to Karl Friston’s ‘Free Energy’ tentative theory of how the brain … Continue reading

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Talk: Intelligence and the Brain

What is ‘intelligence’? What is the brain actually doing? How is intelligence physically realised in the brain? Quite how the brain manages to achieve what it does remains elusive. It’s true that almost every day there are news stories that … Continue reading

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