Phenomenology is the study and description of experience as it's experienced, without the preconceived notions of what lies behind the experience. "Preconceived notions" can be common sensical or scientific. For more on Husserl's method of arriving at a phenomenological POV, see this. Artificial intelligence is, according to Wikipedia, the intelligence exhibited by machines or software. … Continue reading Phenomenology: Cotton Candy or Ripe Fruit for Artificial Intelligence?
I've been threatening to explain Heidegger's views on why dualism is predicated on a mistake, and I've finally done it. Well, I let someone else do it while I held the camera. Please don't read my criticism below until after you've seen the video. (It won't make any sense.) MY CRITICISM If Heidegger could prove … Continue reading Heidegger’s Being and Time (Part III: Dualism)
In the last Heidegger post, I promised I'd address why Heidegger thinks that dualism (the mind-body problem) is predicated on a huge mistake that has carried through the whole history of Western philosophy. I will eventually. I'm putting that off until the next post...I hope you'll stick around until then. I'm not promising anything, but … Continue reading Heidegger’s Being and Time (Part II: Dasein)
The point of Being and Time: To properly formulate the question, What is being? so as to draw forth its meaning. The process of reading B&T is sort of like being zoomed in on a pixel of a photograph and slowly zooming out to see the context. Which explains why my first reading in college was so … Continue reading Heidegger’s Being and Time (Part I: Phenomenology)
Philosophical texts are notoriously difficult to read, but the real problem comes when each text calls for a distinct set of skills. By the time you've "cracked the code" to reach that "ah ha" moment with one philosopher, it's time to start all over with another. I'd like to share some of my stumbling blocks … Continue reading Stumbling Blocks in Reading Philosophy