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 …

CFP: Self-Knowledge and Folk Psychology

CFP: Self-Knowledge and Folk Psychology: Perspectives from philosophy and psychiatry Conference Venue: Radboud University Nijmegen Nijmegen, Netherlands Details In his classic 1956 article, Wilfrid Sellars provided an alternative to the introspectionist account of how we know our own mental states by claiming that psychological concepts are like theoretical concepts postulated …

CFP: “Mental Illness and Power”

CALL FOR PROPOSALS “Mental Illness and Power” A Philosophy Conference at the University of Memphis Memphis, Tennessee February 21-22, 2014 Keynote Speaker: David Goodman (Lesley University) Deadline for proposals: November 15th, 2013 Contact e-mail: memphispgsa@gmail.com This and more information available online at: http://www.memphis.edu/philosophy/pgsa_2014.php 0

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 …

Epistemic definitions of delusion and confabulation

In my previous post I suggested that the epistemic faults listed in most definitions of delusions are not distinctive of delusions. Although delusions may diverge from norms of rationality to a greater extent than non-delusional beliefs, they are irrational in no special way. Excessively positive beliefs about ourselves, and widespread …

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 …