A two-part essay (I and II) by Mike Labossiere over at talkingphilosophy.com explores the concept of artificial mind, using the recent movie Ex Machina as a platform. The real question, according to Labossiere, is not whether AI will be able to pass the Turing test (that’s easy!), but whether we will be able to design an effective Voight-Kampff test. Our long term survival may depend on it…
“Neuro-aesthetics” is all the rage these days, but here is an article that argues that art may actually reveal the limits of neuroscience itself.
Is consciousness an emergent, systemic property of brain functioning? Research on anesthesia and its effects on consciousness may lead us to the answer.
The idea of cosmopolitanism is old. The term was coined by the Cynics and developed by the Stoics. Nigel Warburton discusses its roots and its urgency in the modern world.
Noted philosopher Harry Frankfurt (the guy who published a delightful essay On Bullshit) argues that economic inequality is not inherently immoral, and that treating it as such actually hinders our ability to tackle the real problem.