by Sal Scilicet Dictionaries clearly do not define reality and most certainly do not reveal how words are used on the street. We do not live within the neat and orderly context of a dictionary. Life is infinitely more complicated and messy. We all use and misuse words at random as the irrational inclination of the … Continue reading On the philosophy of language — Part II
by Sal Scilicet It’s never a very good idea, I know, when witnessing a regular saloon brawl, or when two large dogs, all bristle, slobber and grin, are noisily asserting unspecified territorial prerogatives, to come injudiciously betwixt, among and between the contenders in order to call a truce and tend to the wounded. Nevertheless, I would … Continue reading On the philosophy of language — Part I
by Massimo Pigliucci Philosophy of mind and the nature of consciousness are fascinating topics, which recur both here at Scientia Salon  and at my former writing outlet, Rationally Speaking . And of course we can hardly talk about consciousness for long before running into one of the most famous (and, in my mind, pernicious) … Continue reading p-zombies are inconceivable. With notes on the idea of metaphysical possibility.