Examples of downward causation?

I just culled together a bunch of putative examples of downward causation, some from advocates, some from detractors. Particularly interesting and promising is the article by Robert Bishop, Downward causation in fluid convection, and Bechtel/Craver’s article  Top-down causation without top-down causes, for which brief quotes will not do justice. (Note …

New Society for the Metaphysics of Science

We are very happy to announce a new group, the ‘Society for the Metaphysics of Science’, (unsurprisingly) devoted to the ‘metaphysics of science’. We would like to invite anyone interested to join the group and also to attend our upcoming sessions at the Pacific and Central APA Conferences. The website …

The Ontology of Creature Consciousness

In a previous post, I asked whether creature consciousness might be ontologically more important, including as part of the ontological basis for phenomenal consciousness, than many philosophers seem to think.  I was motivated in part by “Consciousness without a Cerebrain Cortex: A Challenge for Neuroscience and Medicine,” a forthcoming BBS target article …

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