Tag: philosophy of mind

The Mind-Expanding Ideas of Andy Clark

In this piece for The New Yorker, Larissa MacFarquhar profiles the philosopher and cognitive scientist Andy Clark, whose work argues that our minds are inseparable...

Can Science Explain the Human Mind?

From NPR: A forthcoming series of studies in the journal Psychological Science explores people's beliefs about which mental phenomena can and cannot be explained by science. "Importantly,...

Zombies Must Be Dualists

In this piece for Nautilus, Sean Carroll introduces the idea of a "philosophical zombie," beings that look and behave exactly like humans, but lack the...

“Constructing the Modern Mind”

Psychiatrist and historian George Makari tries to illuminate the historical evolution of our understanding of the conscious mind and how it relates to the...

Consciousness is “Not Just Your Brain”

For NPR’s 13.7: Cosmos and Culture blog, philosopher Alva NoĂ« comments on a new Oxford journal, Neuroscience of Consciousness. He is skeptical of the persistent tendency of some neuroscientists “to think of consciousness itself as a neural phenomenon.” His own view, he writes “is that the brain is only part of the story, and that we can only begin to understand how the brain makes us consciousness by realizing that brain functions only in the setting of our bodies and our broader environmental (including our social and cultural) situation.”