Quantum Science and the Nature of Mind
The Appearance of the Child Prodigy 10,000 Years Ago:
An Evolutionary and Developmental Explanation
The Access Paradox in Analogical Reasoning and Transfer:
Mind in Life: Biology, Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind. Reviewed by Dorothée Legrand, Centre de Recherche en Epistemologie Appliquee, Paris
In Mind in Life: Biology, Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind, Evan Thompson defends the thesis of a “deep continuity of life and mind” according to which “life and mind share a set of basic organizational properties . . . . Mind is life-like and life is mind-like” (p. 128, also p. ix). On the one hand, Thompson uncovers mind in life, by considering life and explaining how living organisms are organized in a way that involves the biological implementation of properties that are usually attributed to mental states. On the other hand, he roots mind in life by considering the mind and explaining how mental states are anchored to (neuro)biological processes. Following the lead of Merleau–Ponty and his notion of “comportment” (1963, p. 4; see Mind in Life, p. 67), Thompson argues that the notion of autonomous dynamic system can integrate the orders of life and mind, and account for the originality of each order, allowing the understanding that “on the one hand, nature is not pure exteriority, but rather in the case of life has its own interiority and thus resembles mind. On the other hand, mind is not pure interiority, but rather a form of structure of engagement with the world and thus resembles life” (p. 78).
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Consciousness and its Place in Nature: Does Physicalism Entail Panpsychism? Reviewed by Christian Onof, Birkbeck College, London
This collection of papers, Consciousness and its Place in Nature: Does Physicalism Entail Panpsychism?, edited by Anthony Freeman presents seventeen responses to Galen Strawson’s keynote paper which claims that the only plausible way to be a real physicalist is to accept that the intrinsic properties of the physical are experiential (phenomenal) in character, i.e., the doctrine of panpsychism. The book concludes with Strawson’s reply to these responses. This “real physicalism” is, according to Strawson, the only way of dealing with what Chalmers (1996) calls the “hard problem of consciousness.” This problem lies in the fact that the experiential nature of our conscious experience is a puzzling phenomenon for the materialist. It is of an apparently fundamentally different nature from the rest of the physical world, hence the problem of integrating it into a satisfactory naturalistic world-picture.
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Honest Horses — Wild Horses in the Great Basin. Reviewed by Nat T. Messer IV, University of Missouri
Paula Morin, author of Honest Horses — Wild Horses in the Great Basin, is very knowledgeable and passionate about the Great Basin and its inhabitants. She has obtained very insightful, informative, and candid narratives from 62 people who currently have or have had extensive involvement with the horses, the habitat, the ranches, the wildlife, the history of the region, and the Bureau of Land Management, whose task it is to maintain a thriving natural ecological balance and multiple-use relationship on public lands. These narratives graphically point out that the best intentions are often plagued by unforeseen and unintended consequences.
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IV, DVM, Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, College of Veterinary
Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri 65211. Email: email@example.com
Eat Me: The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin.
Reviewed by Steven E. Connelly, Indiana State University
The best titles resonate, as does Eat Me: The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin by Kenny Shopsin and Carolynn Carreño. “Eat Me” is described, in those dictionaries which include it, as a “rude phrase” essentially meaning “fuck off.” Shopsin’s logo, created by notable designer Laurie Rosenwald, features the phrase “Shopsin’s General Store” and folds to reveal its hidden message: “Eat Me.” Kenny Shopsin is pictured in this book wearing a t-shirt with the logo, and another photograph shows how to perform the equivalent of Mad Magazine’s classic fold in. Surely Shopsin must find “Eat Me,” secreted within what was once the restaurant’s name, consequential.
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