Is A Far Left’s Anti-Racism Model Antisemitic?

by David Cycleback “All models are false, but some are useful”– George E.P. Box “People view the world through their theories”– Thomas Kuhn It once dawned on me why some people believe antisemitism is a problem within some American and British progressive movements. A– I didn’t say the, as I know people on the left … Continue reading Is A Far Left’s Anti-Racism Model Antisemitic?

Brains, Thinking and Knowledge Podcast Episode #2: “Questions about Intelligence in Artificial Intelligence”

Second is a podcast series on brains, thinking and knowledge by cognitive scientist and philosopher David Cycleback, this episode looks a four key questions about artificial brains, or artificial intelligence. How can the existence of intelligence in a computer be confirmed? Do the AI intelligence tests really identify thinking? Does it matter if a computer … Continue reading Brains, Thinking and Knowledge Podcast Episode #2: “Questions about Intelligence in Artificial Intelligence”

Podcast Episode: What Mystical Experiences Tell Us About Human Knowledge

The following recording is the first in a podcast series on brains, thinking and knowledge by cognitive scientist and philosopher David Cycleback.  The episode examines normal and abnormal normal ways human brains work, and what this shows us about the nature and limits of human knowledge.   22 minutes To download for free David Cycleback's peer … Continue reading Podcast Episode: What Mystical Experiences Tell Us About Human Knowledge

Humans Cannot Have Certain Knowledge, and Considerations of that Fact

HUMANS CANNOT HAVE CERTAIN KNOWLEDGE A problem in epistemology, Munchausen's Trilema demonstrates that any theory of knowledge, including in mathematics, science and logic, cannot be certain and that no human beliefs, theories or models can ultimately be proven certain. Baron von Munchausen was a teller of tall tales and fantastical arguments, including that he impossibly … Continue reading Humans Cannot Have Certain Knowledge, and Considerations of that Fact

HOW BEING BIPOLAR AND AUTISTIC HAS INFLUENCED MY WORK IN COGNITIVE SCIENCE AND EPISTEMOLOGY

“There is much in the universe we will never know, and it is equally certain that we will never know all that we do not know.”--  Joseph Silk, Gresham Professor of Astrophysics, Oxford University   As a longtime academic scholar who has also written about being Type I bipolar and on the autistic spectrum, I … Continue reading HOW BEING BIPOLAR AND AUTISTIC HAS INFLUENCED MY WORK IN COGNITIVE SCIENCE AND EPISTEMOLOGY

Cognitive Influences Behind Beliefs in and Conceptions of God

There are many innate cognitive reasons and processes for people believing in and having particular conceptions of God or religious higher power. The belief in and description of god or higher power are byproducts, or extensions, of innate unconscious psychological tendencies humans use to function and survive as a species. The human brain is a … Continue reading Cognitive Influences Behind Beliefs in and Conceptions of God

THE INVENTION, DEVELOPMENT AND IMPORTANCE OF THE NUMBER ZERO

The numeral zero, a symbol and concept, has been called one of the most important inventions of human history.  While the early numeral systems were fine for rudimentary counting, they were cumbersome, messy and sometimes impossible for multiplication, division and more complex arithmetic. Modern math, such as calculus, could not be done or conceived of … Continue reading THE INVENTION, DEVELOPMENT AND IMPORTANCE OF THE NUMBER ZERO

MYSTICAL EXPERIENCES: THE NEVERENDING DEBATE

Mysticism has long been an attempt to expand the mind and understanding beyond normal boundaries, and mystical experiences were the genesis of religion. Mystical experiences are neurological events where parts of the brain are suppressed in order to more fully utilize other parts. The metaphysical meaning of these experiences has long been debated by theologians, … Continue reading MYSTICAL EXPERIENCES: THE NEVERENDING DEBATE

Attribution substitution, art perception, and why you can’t affirmatively or negatively say that you believe in god

God is such a big question, and I think a question far more complex and impossible to even approach than most people realize, that I tend to question both people who say they believe in God and those who say they don't believe in God. Einstein said the problem of God was the "most difficult … Continue reading Attribution substitution, art perception, and why you can’t affirmatively or negatively say that you believe in god

HOW WILL ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE EFFECT RELIGION?

From the ebook Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence So long as there are humans, there will be religions. Artificial intelligence, especially sentient artificial general intelligence, will challenge and change religions. Religions come in a wide variety of beliefs and systems. They are human centric, about human relations and connections with higher powers or transcendent realities. They … Continue reading HOW WILL ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE EFFECT RELIGION?