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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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Ethical Physicalism

(This is the tenth part of the ‘From Neural Is to Moral Ought’ series.)   43: Ethical Naturalism As said previously, central to Ethical Naturalism are the ideas of: A rejection of the ‘is’/’ought’ distinction, and The supervenience of the ethical on the … Continue reading

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Science, Religion and Philosophy

(This is the concluding, fourth part of the talk ‘The Science Delusion’ and follows on from: Part 1: the idea of science as a method Part 2: conventional, i.e. metaphysical, physicalism Part 3: Methodological physicalism)   18. Ante-Conclusion This is not the … 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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Physicalism

This is the second part – of four – of the talk ‘The Science Delusion’.   4. Physicalism: Not Dualism A central topic of this talk is physicalism. But what is physicalism? To answer that, I will offer a crude comparison with … Continue reading

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Dogma and Habit

This is the first part – of four – of the talk ‘The Science Delusion’.   Preamble “The science delusion is the delusion that science already understands the nature of reality in principle, leaving only the details to be filled in.” So … Continue reading

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Nature’s Secret Trick

“The way that human minds arrange particulars is a skill so deeply hidden in the human soul that we shall hardly guess the secret trick that Nature here displays” – Immanuel Kant This is the first part (of three) of the talk ‘What I … Continue reading

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Free Energy in Context: A Comparison With Evolution

This posting is a part of the talk ‘Intelligence and the Brain’. Starting to wrap-up, I will now try to put Karl Friston’s ‘variational Free Energy’ theory of how the brain works into context. At this point, I am less … Continue reading

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Free Energy and Free Will

This posting is an additional part of the talk ‘Intelligence and the Brain’. Here, I tie together ideas from the talk about prediction with those concerning free will from the previous talk ‘Free Will/Free Wont’. In a dualist worldview, the … 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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