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Reading for the August meeting

From: Steve
Sent on: Thursday, August 6, 2009 6:40 PM
Greetings Philosophers,

I have uploaded two documents to our Plato's Cave files section that are relevant to our upcoming August discussion. The first one is an overview of a Neurophilosophy course taught by German Professor Bernhard Lauth. Most of the content is relevant to our discussion except for the sections on computer logic and mathematics. I think that we can skip those.

The second document is a compilation of a number of articles and links that should provide a lot of interesting ideas. The first short article by Steven Pinker is a good introduction into the departure of modern neuro-science from the "man-in-the-street" notion of Descartes' mind-body division. He also touches on the subject of mind and mood altering drugs.

I'm particularly interested in your views on the next article by Nancy Murphy and Warren Brown. In their book, "Did My Neurons Make Me Do It?", they bring up many issues that challenge everyday notions about free will and responsibility. There are also links to some very good audio programs on brain science and free will. Definitely check those out.

Finally, the puzzling question of quantum physics and free will is briefly discussed by Ben Goertzel.

Greg posted a short but interesting article on "Mind Transfer" which may be only marginally relevant to our neurophilosophy discussion, but it does beg the question of mind as a purely emergent property of the brain.

Also, take a look at cheetahmx5's (Haydee) article on Karl Popper and how his concepts relate to our last discussion on General Semantics.

I will be posting more, so I suggest that you not wait until the day before our meeting to try to cram-read them all.

Feel free to contribute any articles that you think are relevant to our discussion.

Cheers, Steve

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