Cognitive Science · Consciousness · The Human Mind and Brain

The Challenge of Consciousness

This post is about an article in the New York Review of books called The Challenge of Consciousness.  The article is a dialogue between Tim Parks and Riccardo Manzotti.  This article is actually just the first in a series of eight articles in which Parks and Manzotti discuss the elusive nature of human consciousness. Here…… Continue reading The Challenge of Consciousness

Cognitive Science · Human Thinking · The Human Mind and Brain

“Super-forecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction” by Philip Tetlock

Tetlock says he is an skeptical optimist:  He says chaos theory makes him a pessimist.  But still, some things are predictable.  We all use mundane predictability all the time.  For example traffic is bound to be bad at rush hour.   Some people are much better at forecasting than others.  It is not what they…… Continue reading “Super-forecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction” by Philip Tetlock

Cognitive Science · Human Thinking · The Human Mind and Brain

“Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain”, by Antonio Damasio

The article below is a summary of Antonio Damasio’s book, “Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain.” This post is still in very rough shape, to say the least.  It is basically just a set of notes that I took on the book when I read it.  You might be able to get something out of these notes…… Continue reading “Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain”, by Antonio Damasio

Cognitive Science · Human Thinking · The Human Mind and Brain

“Thinking: The new science of decision making,” Edited by John Brockman

This book discussed below is a series of articles on the subject of thinking by a number of well known writers and scientists.  It was published in 2013. Article One:  Daniel Dennett: “The normal well-tempered mind.” In this essay, Dennett is writing about where the science and philosophy of thinking is at the present moment,…… Continue reading “Thinking: The new science of decision making,” Edited by John Brockman

Cultural Evolution · The Human Mind and Brain

Summary of From “Bacteria to Bach and Back” by Daniel Dennett

This is a summary of Daniel Dennett’s book From Bacteria to Bach: The Evolution of Minds. Copyright  2017. In my opinion this is one of the most important recent books on the human mind.  Dennett has been working on how the human mind works and what human consciousness is, in relation to  both genetic and cultural…… Continue reading Summary of From “Bacteria to Bach and Back” by Daniel Dennett