Posted on September 4, 2010 by Richard Brown
This summer has been semi-productive for me and I have completed drafts of three new conference length papers that I hope to be shopping around later. These are all in various stages of revision/draftyness and I would appreciate any feedback/comments.
1. Explaining Consciousness and Its Consequences
2. The Higher-Approach to Consciousness: The Hot Ticket or In Hot Water?
3. The Identity Theory in 2-D
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Posted on June 7, 2010 by Richard Brown
I have been giving some thought to switching from wordpress to blogger for some time now, both for Philosophy Sucks! and the online consciousness conference….what are the relative merits of each? Is blogger better? What’s the deal?
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Posted on June 6, 2010 by Richard Brown
I recently cam across Rick Grush’s Commercial Free Philosophy site, a movement which I am deeply sympathetic to (see below)…I have been dying to read the new paper by Michael Gazzaniga but my school is too cheap to subscribe to Science Direct so I’ll never know what the right level of mind-bran analysis is…but anyways, I noticed that there was no mention of presenting at for-profit conferences. It seems to me that the arguments which support abstaining from publishing in for profit journals would also apply to conferences.
Just as an example, and since this one is coming up, take the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness,
|Late Fees (after Friday 21st of May)
||CA $60 each
||CA $94/night (or $47 shared)
$500.00 just to present a poster!?!?! On top of the money to fly there and have a room…Horseshit! Similar remarks can be made about the Tucson conferences, the SPP, the apa, and virtually every major conference out there. Now, look, I know that you need to charge something in order to offset the money put into organizing the conference (well, you don’t HAVE to (I didn’t) but I can see why one would think it was fair to do so) but these prices are ridiculous…most of us can’t afford that to present our research. It is true that the University helps offset the price but unless one is at a fancy research institution (hint: most of us aren’t) the help is negligible. So, to go to the apa in Vancouver cost me $2,500 and I got $500.00 from LaGuardia…big help. And for what? To be crammed into a session with three other papers plus commentators and five minutes scheduled for discussion? What a joke!
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Posted on June 2, 2010 by Richard Brown
Brian Leiter wants to know what philosophers think of philosophy in 75 words or less…here is my 50 word stab (longer stab here)
Philosophy is distinguished from other endeavors by its method, which is roughly this: a good argument with the conclusion that p is a reason to believe that p. Philosophers, as we say, feel the force of arguments and are compelled to either accept their conclusions or to show why one needn’t.
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Posted on May 30, 2010 by Richard Brown
A few years ago I had the terrible idea of taking classic jokes and “translating” them into philosophical lingo. Some work has been done in this area on lightbulb jokes but there are so many other kinds of jokes. Some are pretty obvious…like
- Yo mama is so fat, when she sits around the house she sits AROUND the house; in all possible worlds
- Yo mama is so dumb she has the B relation of taking more than an hour to watch 60 minutes
Some are just plain silly,
- Yo mama is so fat she is the truthmaker for ‘your mama is fat’
- If you mow your lawn and find the nonbeing of four cars…you might be a philosopher
- If you go to a psychology conference hoping to meet women…you might be a philosopher
- If someone asks you to fill out a form and you think of Plato…you might be a philosopher
- If you think “it depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is” actually was a good defense…you might be a philosopher
Some are just plain ridiculous as in
- Yo mama is so dumb she thinks the transcendental deduction is a tax break for club kids
- Yo mama is so dumb she thinks the T-schema was the code name for the Boston Tea Party
On an unrelated note, thanks to Netflix I just rewatched Return of the Living Dead II and I realized that whenever I am asked the name of the blog that I contribute to I should say Braaaaaiiiinnnnnsssss!
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Posted on January 21, 2010 by Richard Brown
Well, I finally got my computer back. Sadly the hard drive was so messed up that I was totally unable to recover any data. I lost a couple of papers that I was working on and ALL of the photos from my honeymoon so I am not happy about that. …at any rate the program for the Second Annual Online Consciousness Conference is now finalized (I have been putting this together from my iphone for the last few weeks if you can believe it!) check it out and spread the word!
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Posted on December 12, 2009 by Richard Brown
As you no doubt probably already know the results of the philpapers survey are out. These results were especially costly to me as I lost a bet on how many philosophers would self-identify as dualists. I bet Dave $100.00 that it would be less than 10% and it actually turned out to be something like 27%! One nice feature of the results is that you can sort them by rank and AOS. Turns out the only category where I got it right was among people who explicitly identify Philosophy of Cognitive Science as their AOS…coincidentally these are just the people that I usually associate with…I wonder if other people who took the meta-survey noticed that their meta-survey guesses reflected the numbers filtered for their AOS/friends in philosophy?
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