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
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?
Intentionality and Meaning
In the previous post, I put forth the question of whether Husserl's phenomenology could be of use to AI, weak or strong. This is a genuine question that I put out there to discuss...I have no thesis to support. Just curious to hear what you think. In writing this post, I realized I'd have to … Continue reading Intentionality and Meaning
Heidegger’s Being and Time (Part I: Phenomenology)
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)
Stumbling Blocks in Reading Philosophy
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