The Identity Theory and Mind-Brain Correlations

By Brandon Towl In another thread (“What’s a good reading against type-identity theory for neuroscientists?”), I mentioned that I had a forthcoming paper in Philosophical Psychology that puts pressure on the IBE argument for identity theory.  Below is the abstract.  If anyone would like a draft of the paper, please …

A Dialogue with Brit Brogaard on Philosophy and Neuroscience

My great colleague Brit Brogaard has recently started doing empirical research, primarily in cognitive neuroscience.  This prompted the following dialogue, which will eventually be published in our department’s newsletter. Gualtiero: Until recently, you were known for armchair philosophizing and not at all for empirical research.  Could you briefly explain how you became …

Do qualia serve to tag the ‘here and now’?

What follows are some excerpts from a manuscript on the PCC (psychological correlates of consciousness) that I’ve been working on for a while, which will perhaps never see the light of
day. Philosophers, feel free to have a field day with my naive ideas.

Note I’m not sure which of the ideas are mine and which I stole from others. Of the inspirations I remember, two stick out. One, Gregory suggested that qualia function as a ‘tag for the present’ (see
his paper on this here), and Trehub has also suggested similar ideas in the domain of space …