Is it a Problem that Physics is Mathematical?

Philip Goff   Abstract: In her paper ‘Does the Mathematical Nature of Physics Undermine Physicalism?’ Susan Schneider draws attention to a much neglected challenge to physicalism, arising from its mathematical vocabulary. Whilst I agree with Schneider that the mathematical nature of physics is a concern for the physicalist, I disagree with her concerning the essence of the problem. I argue …

Table of Contents – JCS Vol. 24, No. 9-10, September/October 2017

Journal of Consciousness Studies controversies in science & the humanities 4 About Authors Symposium: The Mathematical Nature of Physics and Physicalism edited by Jenelle Salisbury Target Article 7 Does the Mathematical Nature of Physics Undermine Physicalism? Susan Schneider Commentaries 40 Should Physicalists Fear Abstracta? Barbara Gail Montero 50 Is it a Problem that Physics is Mathematical? Philip Goff 59 On …

Explaining Levitation By Denying Gravity

Geoffrey Dean and Ivan W. Kelly   A Response to Kenneth McRitchie’s Article ‘Clearing the Logjam in Astrological Research’ Abstract: McRitchie (2016) mistakes our 2003 JCS article ‘Is Astrol­ogy Relevant to Consciousness and Psi’ for an attack on astrology when it merely asks if the performance of astrologers has implications for consciousness and psi. For example, he attempts to validate …

Table of Contents – JCS Vol. 24, No. 7-8, July/August 2017

Journal of Consciousness Studies – controversies in science & the humanities   4 About Authors Refereed Papers 8 Does the Rose-Tinted Glasses Effect in Contemporary Physics Prevent Us from Explaining Consciousness? Wolfgang Baer 28 The Concept of Consciousness and the Bogeyman of Conflation Dylan Black 51 Hemispheric Asymmetry in Attention and its Impact on Our Consciousness: A Review with Reference …

The Lower Bounds of Desire[1]

Henry Shevlin Abstract: One influential philosophical account of desire treats it as a species of propositional attitude, possessing broadly the same kinds of content as belief while differing in direction of fit. However, this argu­ably neglects more basic forms of desire. It seems an open possibility, for example, that animals that lack propositional attitudes might still have simple desires mediated …

Table of Contents – JCS Vol. 24, No. 5-6, May/June 2017

Journal of Consciousness Studies controversies in science & the humanities 4 About Authors Refereed Papers 8 There Is No Free Won’t: The Role Definitions Play Lieke Asma 24 Mirroring, Mind-reading and Smart Behaviour-reading Emma Borg 50 Change Blindness in Higher-Order Thought: Misrepresentation or Good Enough? Ingar Brinck & Asger Kirkeby-Hinrup 74 In Defence of First-Order Representationalism Peter Carruthers 88 The …

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS UNIVERSE? : A PRIME EXAMPLE

106 ISSN 2518-1866 (Online), ISSN 2307-3705 (Print). Philosophy & Cosmology 2016 (Vol. 17) Marvin E. Kirsh1 — PhD Biochemistry, The City University of New York (Los Angeles, USA) E-mail: kirsh2152000@yahoo.com This writing attempts to capture mind and matter to rational description by focusing on disparity between scientific method as it extracts concepts and discards particulars and ordinary cognitive functioning that …

JCS Vol. 24, No. 3–4: Introduction

Special Issue on Time and Consciousness Sean Enda Power   This special issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies contains papers from philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience. All of the contributions concern time consciousness (or, as it is sometimes called, temporal experience). The contributions are from researchers in several disciplines who specialize in some way in the topic of time consciousness. …

Table of Contents – JCS Vol. 24, No. 3–4, March/April 2017

Journal of Consciousness Studies controversies in science & the humanities Time and Consciousness Special Issue edited by Sean Enda Power 4      About Authors 7      Introduction                                                          Sean Enda Power 14      Experience and the Pacemaker-Accumulator Model                                                  Valtteri Arstila 37      A Typology of Altered States According to the Consciousness State Space Model  Aviva Berkovich-Ohana & Marc Wittmann 62      Disrupted Continuity of Subjective Time in the Milliseconds …

Inner Speech, Inner Music, and Self-Regulation

    Whit Blauvelt   I was happy to find, in 2017’s first JCS, Daniel Gregory’s Is Inner Speech Dialogic?, most especially because it combines an appreciation of Paul Grice, with whom I studied long ago, with critique of Charles Fernyhough, whose book The Voices Within (2016) I recently gained much from.  Gregory argues that inner speech, contrary to Fernyhough, …