Friday Links

More links below. Keep them coming! — JS Slate‘s Sam Kean on the true story of frontal lobe patient Phineas Gage (h/t LeiterReports) In the same vein, Kean again, this time in Wired magazine, on what happens when a surgeon removes your hippocampus (h/t David Pereplyotchik on Facebook) Claire Wilson in …

What do out of body experiences tell us about self-consciousness; Or, Disorders of Self-Consciousness Part 5

Another attempt at popularising my work from over at idontknowwhatiam “I awoke at night – it must have been about 3am – and realized that I was completely unable to move. I was absolutely certain I was not dreaming, as I was enjoying full consciousness. Filled with fear about my …

New Blog: Underappreciated Philosophy?

I’d like to invite everyone to check out this new blog I’ve started: Underappreciated Philosophy?. It’s something of an experiment. I have no idea if it will actually fly. But, or so it seems to me, it’s worth a try. Existing power-structures in the discipline — gender imbalances, biases, journal rankings, …

Brains welcomes two new contributors

I’m glad to announce that Robert Briscoe and Myrto Mylopoulos are the newest contributors to Brains. For those of you who don’t know their work (and you should!), Myrto is a Ph.D. candidate at CUNY doing important work on the relationship between action and consciousness, and Robert is Associate Professor …

Call For Papers: Collective Intentionality

Collective Intentionality VIII University of Manchester August 28-31, 2012 Collective Intentionality VIII – as the name suggests! – is the eighth in a series of large-scale international events on joint and/or cooperative action, reasoning, decision, intention, attention, and associated mental and agential phenomena, topics that impact on issues in ethics …

Brains Development

By Jim Virtel Brains has experienced tremendous growth over the past few months.  First, welcome to the many new contributors.  Second, the site averages over 200 unique visitors per day — triple the amount of traffic in September 2009.  Thanks to all contributors, old and new, for increasing Brains’ popularity. …