I’m reading Dennett’s “Breaking the Spell” at the moment. I’ve made it clear I’m a fan of Dennett as a pragmatic philosopher, unlike Dawkins as an unreconstructed logical positivist scientist. Their language and quality of argument are chalk and cheese. ”Breaking the Spell” is explicitly an argument against god and religion aimed at an American Christian […]
Entries from August 2007
10 August 25, 2007 at 8:28am by Psybertron
2 August 21, 2007 at 7:35pm by Psybertron
I published a review of Nick Maxwell’s “Is Science Neurotic ?” a month or so ago. Nick was kind enough to reply that “I feel, from the review, that you have entirely understood my book” – which is gratifying. He also provided links to a collection of other reviews; by Donald Stanley at Metapsychology ; by Clare McNiven […]
0 August 21, 2007 at 7:12pm by Psybertron
Following the mid-western road-trip to Wyoming & Montana, I’ve uploaded some photos. Lots of general scenery and wildlife in Teton and Yellowstone amongst other places, and for Pirsig fans, some relevant ZMM locations … Hebgen Lake, Bozeman and Gardiner The Beartooth Highway – between Gardiner and Laurel Meeting Mark Richardson in Hill City
0 August 13, 2007 at 11:42pm by Psybertron
A private / temporary web-based file-sharing system, also via McLuhan’s (Next) Message.
2 August 13, 2007 at 11:39pm by Psybertron
An interview with Michael Ignatieff posted at Mcluhan’s (Next) Message. Struck by the reference to the hypocrisy of literalism … Amongst “friends” we recognise that what someone means is more fundamental than what they actually say … but somehow in organised public life we use the flip-side … and interpret our own meaning into the […]
0 August 13, 2007 at 10:54pm by Psybertron
I happen to be reading Dennett’s “Breaking the Spell” at the moment, so refreshing after Dawkins (creator of the “extended-phenotype” term) attempt on the same topic. Dennett opens early in his book with the lancet-fluke & ant example to illustrate the “viral” metaphor of a meme infecting a brain producing behaviour inexplicable in terms of the brain’s host’s […]
0 August 9, 2007 at 12:03am by Psybertron
After the width of Kansas, we continued after Colorado, via Cheyenne, Laramie, Jackson Hole (Wyoming), Teton Park, Yellowstone Park, Gallatin Forest (Idaho & Montana), and Beartooth highway – now east of Billings MT. Spectacular 13,000 ft peaks above the lakes in Teton, and a spectacular 10,900 ft highway (above the glaciers) over Beartooth. (So much variety of […]
1 August 5, 2007 at 7:35am by Psybertron
Early Saturday morning into Missouri, St. Louis, on to Kansas City, across Kansas the long way to Limon, Colorado.
0 August 5, 2007 at 7:32am by Psybertron
Off on our hols. Left after work Friday from Alabama, via Nashville, Tennessee, across Kentucky and into Illinois, to Nashville, Illinois.