Philosophy, science and expertise

by Mark English Let me make a very simple — and, I hope, uncontroversial — point about expertise and authority before looking at some questions pertaining to the current (increasingly bitter) debate about the nature and status of philosophy and its relation to the sciences. Expertise implies epistemic authority: the expert — by definition — … Continue reading Philosophy, science and expertise


The intuitional problem of consciousness

by Mark O’Brien Could a computer ever be conscious? I think so, at least in principle. Scientia Salon has seen a number of very interesting discussions on this theme which unfortunately have failed to shift anybody’s position [1]. That much is to be expected. The problem is that the two sides seem to be talking … Continue reading The intuitional problem of consciousness