Thursday, 6 March 2008

Know your think tool

Steven Novella
This is about the one and only that we have, our brain. And no, this is not about the company Think Tools that hyped 1997 in the Swiss stock market bubble and crashed six years later.

I think every philosopher should know certain things about the tool he uses all the time. About the tool that generates logical conclusions. And about certain features of the tool that may generate false conclusions. Philosophy without knowing the brain basics is careless. That's why I have added Steven Novella's Neurologica Blog to my blogroll today.

Dr. Novella is a clinical neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine. He is the president and co-founder of the New England Skeptical Society. He is also the host and producer of the popular weekly science podcast, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe.

His blog is about conspiracy theories, Creationism and Intelligent Design, general science, history of science and medicine, logic and philosophy, neuroscience, the paranormal, pseudoscience, science and medicine, science and the media, skepticism, UFOs and aliens.

Some of his posts I like best are those about logic and philosophy. He has posted some very intelligent refutation stuff against dualism, the idea that mind is something separate from the brain. I agree with most of his statements. But I never would go so far to say that we are our brains because the idea of a brain without a body seems quite strange to me.

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