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, …

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+

“Let me quickly wash my hands one more time”

The announcement of my contributions says that they will in part concern my recent Keeping the World in Mind: Mental Representations and the Sciences of the Mind. The overriding theme of that book is the proper understanding of “representation” as it occurs in recent cognitive neuroscience, broadly understood. I argue …

Aliens versus materialists (Part III): Phenomenal concepts to the rescue?

A year ago we met an alien species (Part I) that lacked subjective conscious states but were virtuoso scientists. They developed a detailed understanding of cat brains at every level of organization, but still did not realize that cats were conscious. This was parlayed into an argument for dualism (Part …

Attention Discussion Blog: The Phenomenology of Attention

Dear Readers of the Brains Blog: I’m in the final stages of writing the chapter on the phenomenology of attention for a book on attention for Routledge: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415532242/ I thought I would both encourage general discussion of issues regarding attention and also solicit feedback on the text, parts of which …

Sensory Substitution and Augmentation Conference

Sensory Substitution and Augmentation Conference Tuesday 26 – Thursday 28 March 2013
 Venue: The British Academy,10-11 Carlton House Terrace,London SW1Y 5AHTuesday 26 March 2013, 9am – 5.30pm
Wednesday 27 March 2013, 9.30am – 5.30pm
Thursday 28 March 2013, 9.30am – 1.00pm In addition: special demonstration of sensory substitution and augmentation devices on …