Is Consciousness a “Stream”?

In 1890 William James introduced the metaphor of the “stream of consciousness” into Western psychology: “Consciousness… is nothing jointed; it flows. A ‘river’ or ‘stream’ are the metaphors by which it is most naturally described. In talking of it hereafter, let us call it the stream of thought, of consciousness, …

Introduction

Thanks to John Schwenkler and The Brains Blog for giving me this opportunity to tell you about my work. In this first post I’d like to describe the themes and ideas of my most recent book, Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy. In later posts …

Minimal selves, dreaming minds, and sleeping bodies

As we move from wakefulness into sleep onset and through the different stages of sleep, there are concerted changes in brain activity, the way we process external stimuli from the environment, and in the contents and structure of conscious experience. At the same time, the exact relationship between these changes …

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

I am glad to kick off our latest Mind & Language symposium on Jean-Rémy Martin and François Le Corre‘s “Sensory Substitution Is Substitution ,” from the journal’s April 2015 issue, with commentaries by Kevin Connolly (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Penn), Ophelia Deroy (Center for the Study of the Senses/Institute of Philosophy, University of London), Julian Kiverstein (Amsterdam), and Michael Proulx (Bath). 1+

Paris Workshop on sensorimotor approach to Consciousness in July 2015

On July 4th and 5th 2015, just before the ASSC conference on Consciousness in Paris, we are organizing a workshop to discuss advances in the sensorimotor approach. All are welcome! See here for the call for papers: http://lpp.psycho.univ-paris5.fr/feel/?page_id=691 0

Symposium on Wayne Wu, “Against Division: Consciousness, Information, and the Visual Streams” (Mind & Language 29 (4), 383–406)

I am pleased to announce that our next Mind & Language symposium is on Wayne Wu’s “Against Division: Consciousness, Information and the Visual Streams,” from the journal’s September 2014 issue, with commentaries by David Kaplan (Macquarie), Pete Mandik (William Paterson), and Thomas Schenk (Erlangen-Nuremberg). According to the influential dual systems model of visual processing …

Friday Links

In The Atlantic, the neuroscientist Nancy Andreason discusses her research on the neural underpinnings of creativity. At Aesthetics for Birds, Bence Nanay discusses the role of attention in aesthetic perception. (h/t Leiter Reports) An article in Nature discusses a new push to fund neuroscience research in California. (h/t David Rosenthal) And on a lighter note, here’s …

Is prediction error minimization all there is to the mind?

The prediction error minimization theory (PEM) says that the brain continually seeks to minimize its prediction error – minimize the difference between its predictions about the sensory input and the actual sensory input. It is an extremely simple idea but from it arises a surprisingly resourceful conception of brain processing. …

Monday Links

Neuroskeptic on how treatment with deep brain stimulation made a man a fan of Johnny Cash. Joshua Shepherd reviews vol. 4 of Walter Sinnot-Armstrong’s moral psychology series, on free will and moral responsibility. Also, remember that our symposium on Philipp Koralus’ paper “The Erotetic Theory of Attention”, with commentaries by Felipe De Brigaard, …

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 …

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 …