Even if our behaviour is entirely predictable it is not unreasonable to hold us accountable for our actions. In fact an understanding of how our response to an action will change the likelihood of similar or related actions in future is essential in order to justify any adverse or punitive response at all. So only … Continue reading If scientific investigation shows that there is no evidence to support the notion that human beings have free will, does it become unreasonable to be held accountable for one’s actions, if not why? – Quora
Studies of innate preferences for certain kinds of visual stimulus and their neural correlates are discussed in this article: Babies and chicks help solve one of psychology’s oldest puzzles | Psyche Ideas
My response to the philosophers’ zombie argument is usually to do a kind of “reverse Turing test” – ie to challenge the philosopher to prove to himself (and to me) that I am not a zombie. If there was anything that had all the characteristics and (in principle completely predictable – or at least explainable) … Continue reading What can the zombie argument say about human consciousness? | Aeon Essays
Eric Schwitzgebel has also written a review of ‘The Splintered Mind’ by Michael Tye in which he… My comment on that was: There seems to be an explanation of our lack of experience of partial consciousness in “it’s not Tye’s emphasis, that there must also be transitional, borderline states between non-conscious sleep and conscious waking”. … Continue reading Schwitzgebel on Michael Tye on Vagueness
Philosopher Eric Schwitzgebel has written a paper: Borderline Consciousness, When It’s Neither Determinately True nor Determinately False That Experience Is Present that I think is interesting but perhaps somewhat over-plays the idea of “vagueness” as if something different from merely being a quantity that does in fact have a continuum of values. We don’t talk … Continue reading Borderline Consciousness
The question of whether, and if so how, our brains are Wired for Numbers leads naturally to questions about how other animals perceive number and I think has some implications re what it means for us (and maybe them) to be “conscious”.