Free-will – The concept of free-will can be considered as one particular model for how the human organism operates, within the context of its wider environment.
Secret Agents – In many of the arguments about God and mind-body dualism there is the underlying notion of ‘agency’, or being an agent – an entity that has some autonomous control over its actions, some intent (i.e. intentionality) . If we can challenge the notion of agency then we can change our view of the universe, and our place in it, I think for the better.
Physicalism – The notion that everything obeys the natural laws of physics as we discover them to be, including the brain. There appears to be nothing else.
Making decisions is not free-will – Saying that “I can choose to type ‘x’ or ‘y’; I choose ‘y’ ” is not a demonstration of free-will. Many non-conscious systems make decisions. Free-will is the alternative hypothesis that needs the evidence.
A Scientific Free-Will: In Oppostion To Deterministic Free-Will – A review of Björn Brembs paper on free-will.
Mysteries of Consciousness – Following up Sam Harris with my view of what consciousness is.
Biocentrism – One of those alternative ideas that seem destined to remain alternative.
Ideas, Concepts, Thoughts – Physical Instantiation In Brains – What are concepts made of?
My Problems with Compatibilist Free-Will – I have a few problems with the compatibilist view. That is, when you can get the compatibilists to agree on what the view is. There is some variation, and some of the views are not compatible with those of other compatibilists.
The Confusing Philosophy of Free-Will – To add to the problems it now appears that an incompatibilist is both a determinist who thinks dualist free-will is incompatible with determinism, and someone who actually holds the dualist view that is incompatible with determinism. Oh boy.
Free Will: Dennett’s Poor Sunset Analogy – Dennett still does not get the incompatibilist perspective. In fact part of the problem is the philosophical literature. It is typically hopelessly loaded with fine-tuned and rather meaningless variations on the issues of free will.