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Brain Hammer has moved

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Brain Hammer has moved to Please manipulate your control surfaces accordingly.

Running Brain Hammer on Wordpress hosted at Globat has been a giant nightmare. For instance, comments got closed by gremlins, not me. Also, I think a chupacabra has been nibbling on some wires. Anyway, hopefully the brain juices will flow more freely now that we have a new vat.

Drop by the new locale and say ‘hi’ or just leave a devastating objection or two. The next installment of the Swamp Mary series has already been posted there.



Return of the Hammer

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Last week’s Churchlandpalooza was way cool. I met a bunch of new excellent people (AKA Brain Hammer readers) and hung out with a bunch of excellent old ones. Thanks, all of you who came up and said “hi”. Now it’s time to turn the talk into a journal article. Stay tuned. In the meantime, here’s my gianormous (10 mb) PowerPoint file, chock-full of more Swamp Marys, pre-frontal cortices, and conceptualized guava-tastings than you can shake a laser pointer at: Consciousness Without Subjectivity

Fig. 1. Proud Mary keeps on burnin’. And Blind Mary knows what it’s like to see red.

Consciousness Without Subjectivity

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Consciousness Without Subjectivity, the PowerPoint from my Toward a Science of Consciousness 2008 talk, appears in my updated talks section. This represents the 20-25 minute version of the talk. The version I’ll be presenting at Churchlandpalooza in May is scheduled for a two-hour slot. A draft of the paper should materialize from the ether sometime June-ish.

Also: There’s Swampthing about Mary.

Also also: Dave Chalmers has his pics up here and here.

Neurosemantics Bibliography Up and Running

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Sufficiently many people have written on neurosemantics in the past decade or so that it seems worthwhile to try to review the field as a whole. As preliminary work toward such an end, I’ve cooked up a bibliography containing abstracts and links to online works, linked here: [link]. It’s likely that I’ve accidentally left out relevant work, so recommendations for additions are highly appreciated.

Introducing Pete Mandik’s Philosophy of Mind MetaResource

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Pete Mandik’s Philosophy of Mind MetaResource available here: [link].

Top Ten Brain Hammer Posts of 2007

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

10. Are there any non-question-begging arguments for externalism?

9. Crushing Puppies, Superman

8. Introducing PhiLOLsophers

7. Sellars’ Jonesing a Clark-Chalmers’ Otto

6. Mr. Freeze, the Iced-Time Demon

5. Just the Phacts, Ma’am.

4. The Philosophy and Neuroscience Movement

3. Why Brains?

2. Your Brain is Reading This

1. The Mental, the Epistemic, and the Normative

The Sleeper Awakens

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

It’s Coming

Originally uploaded by Pete Mandik.

Brain Hammer is back after a bit of a break. A week of spring break was followed by the work week from hell with midterm exams to boot. But I’m back and will have a new PMS-WIPS on-line, and a whole host of unicorns, zombies, dancing qualia, philosophy-hating philosophers, and hyper-corticated chipmunks for your edutainment.


Sick Horse

Monday, August 7th, 2006

Sick Horse

Originally uploaded by Pete Mandik.

I’ve been having a few technical issues with the host for Brain Hammer, but hopefully a re-install of WordPress puts it back in whack. The philosophizing will be back shortly. In the meantime, enjoy this very sick horse. Also enjoy the wonderful things Chase Wrenn has done with Supergoo.

Neurophilosophy Update, July ‘06

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

Floating Brain

Originally uploaded by abanesta.

My Neurophilosophy Resources page has been updated. Updates include:

Clark, Austen. Viccissitudes of
Consciousness, Varieties of Correlates
, American Journal of
, Spring 2003, 128-140. [landscape

Clark, Austen. Some logical features of feature
in Werner Backhaus, (ed), Neuronal
Coding of Perceptual Systems
, . New Jersey: World
Scientific, Series on Biophysics and Biocybernetics, vol 9,
2001, ISBN 981-02-4164-X, pp 3-20. [landscape

Clark, Austen. Qualia and the Psychophysiological
Explanation of Color Perception
, Synthese, 65 (2),
November 1985, 377-405.

Clark, Austen. Seeing and Summing: Implications of
Computational Theories of Vision
. Cognition and Brain Theory,
7 (1), 1984, 1-23.

Mandik Art Updates

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

Get your retinal rocks off at my updated art page.