The Unexplained Intellect: Consequences of Imperfection

The previous post argued that Theoretical Computer Science can show things to be naturalistically inexplicable—(where this is much stronger than showing them to be inexplicable with a Classically Computational Theory)—by showing those things to require more time than the universe allows.  I’ve not yet said anything about which things might …

Monday Links

The  163rd Philosophers’ Carnival is here. NYU’s David Amodio in Mother Jones on our racist brains. (h/t Robert Barnard on Facebook) Eric Schwitzgebel asks: Is early publication bad for philosophy? (h/t Eric S. on Facebook) Is there mathematical “proof” that computers can’t be conscious?* (h/t Don Howard on Facebook) German neuroscientists have …

CFP: Mind, Brain, and Experience

I’ve been asked to assist in distributing this CFP: *** CALL FOR PAPERS *** “Mind, Brain, and Experience:At the Intersections of Philosophy, Science, and Medicine” April 10-11, 2008Denver, Colorado hosted by University of Colorado Denver Department of Philosophywith support  fromUniversity of Colorado President’s Fund for the HumanitiesandUniversity of Colorado Center …

Another Robot

A short report on a robot designed to experiment with its environment and learn “like a human infant,” based on neural network technology and testing neuroscience models. (Link courtesy of my student, Adam Hartke.) 0

Atom by Atom Simulation of a Virus

My student Ken Johnson made the following interesting comment. It is especially relevant to those philosophers who like to casually write that in principle, everything can be computationally simulated based on the laws of physics. Notice that there is no reason to expect that Moore’s law will hold up for …

Models in Science

R. Frigg and S. Hartmann, Models in Science, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, (Spring 2006 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), forthcoming URL =http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/spr2006/entries/models-science/>.The Stanford Encyclopedia Entry on scientific modeling is out (since February 27, 2006). The authors are among the organizers of the upcoming conference on Models and Simulations. I expect …