The Natural Attitude

First of all, I hope you're enjoying the holidays. I've been baking up a storm...¬†Unfortunately I can only offer you a virtual sampling of treats. But if you look on the bright side, fewer calories. And now brace yourself for an awkward transition... I've been trying to wrap my mind around the split between the … Continue reading The Natural Attitude

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Eidos and AI: What is a Thingamajig?

To understand this post, you might have to read part I and part II on phenomenology and artificial intelligence. The question I'm asking is not: Can computers think? Or: Can AI have consciousness? But: Can meaning "run ahead" for AI the way it does for us? Can we program intentionality, the "about-ness" or "directed-ness" toward … Continue reading Eidos and AI: What is a Thingamajig?

Phenomenology: Cotton Candy or Ripe Fruit for Artificial Intelligence?

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?

Heidegger’s Being and Time (Part II: Dasein)

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)