Links (7)

Collection of papers and articles that I’ve spotted since my previous links post that seem interesting. Psychology Why more highly educated people are less into conspiracy theories Neural correlates of political attitudes: emotion and ideology in the brain Perhaps less dissimilar than initially thought Education as liberation? Education may increase political violence in poorer countries? Child SES does not explain the IQ-mortality gradient In Norway Analytic cognitive style and cognitive ability …

Still not a zombie: replies to commenters

I got some replies in my previous post about consciousness. Here I reply to those, and add a few more thoughts about consciousness. Comments from David Pearce are deliberately ignored, as I will devote a full post to his proposed solution to consciousness in a future post. Identity theory and functionalism Commenter Simon disagrees with me on my characterisation of identity theory (under which functionalism will fall). Note that I didn't discuss functionalism in my previous post. Functionalism can be unders…

Announcement

I'll be moving to London next May for a new job in Data Science. This means if you live there you may suddenly see me walking around absentmindedly thinking about my next blog post. Or something. Next post will be a followup to my post on consciousness. After that one, no more philosophy for a while, and I'll blog on something TBD, one strong candidate is the history of the railway system in Japan, the history of Embraer, or the fall of the Soviet Union. Or maybe about supersonic aircraft. There's also a ha…

This week's links (6)

Collection of papers and articles that I’ve spotted the last two weeks that seem interesting. Economics When economics failed Half of Americans are responsible for only 3 percent of health care costs US Healthcare: most people don't know what they're talking about Fifty years of growth in American consumption, income, and wages Economic mobility in America The end of the past Left wing governments are no more anti-immigration than right-wing governments Insurance may not save lives, but it saves money …

Consciousness and its discontents

Here I present some thoughts about consciousness, especially arguing against the idea that consciousness is somehow not real, or an illusion. Descartes was the famous originator of cogito ergo sum. He argued that even if your senses were deceived, you could still be sure that you were conscious. And so consciousness would be the Tier 1 truth amongst the beliefs we hold. This is indeed the case for me, at least. Consider the following set of things: quantum field theory, the theory of relativity, neuroscienc…

Further thoughts on antinatalism

A reply to some comments and an article I'd like to thank  SchopenHauer Pauer, [REDACTED], and Francois Tremblay for their comments in my previous post. Francois also wrote an article in response, which you can find here. I will address their comments in order. If you want to skip to my lenghtier reply to Francois, click here ANyone who thinks Benatar is the smug one, not the avowed pollyanna’s, needs a polemical spanking, and I’m just the guy. Why do I think Benatar is being a bit smug? Well, going to th…