The Philosopher's Eye

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Are Our Brains Bayesian?

In a fascinating article published in Significance, author Robert Bain delves into the arguments for and against viewing human judgements and decisions in terms of Bayesian inference. We are grateful … Continue reading

August 5, 2016 · 1 Comment

Symposium on Martin & Le Corre, “Sensory Substitution Is Substitution”

If you haven’t gone over to The Brains Blog to view the Mind & Language symposium on Jean-Rémy Martin and François Le Corre’s “Sensory Substitution Is Substitution,” part of the … Continue reading

May 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Atheist’s Guide to Reality

Although it came out late last year, Alex Rosenberg’s book, The Atheist’s Guide to Reality: Enjoying Life Without Illusions hasn’t been getting the press it deserves. Indeed, the comparative attention lavished … Continue reading

March 12, 2012 · 7 Comments

Art for Love’s Sake

Recent neurobiological research has shown that viewing art stimulates the brain in a way that mirrors the experience of romantic love. The study, conducted by Semir Zeki, Professor of Neuroaesthetics … Continue reading

June 3, 2011 · 2 Comments

Does Nirvana Have a Neural Signature?

We are used to thinking of Siddhartha Gautama as having spent his life seeking to attain wisdom and the release from unwanted thoughts and passions. We are less used to … Continue reading

May 8, 2011 · 3 Comments

Achieving Immortality.

I once read a quote by John Cottingham, a philosopher famous in the field, and perhaps out of the field, of philosophy, about philosophy and the meaning of life. To … Continue reading

February 17, 2011 · 1 Comment

Mirror Neurons Keep Us Smoking

One might expect that in order for oneself to enjoy the pleasure and reward of smoking, one must be the person in question that is smoking a cigarette. Merely watching … Continue reading

February 2, 2011 · 2 Comments

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