Alex and I wrote a review of the book Attention: Philosophical and Psychological Essays (Mole, Smithies, & Wu, eds.) for Philosophy in Review, an open access journal. It was published online today here.
Here’s Paul Root Wolpe‘s TED talk, It’s time to question bioengineering. Some important ideas to kick off the weekend.
For today, a couple of old TED talks I’ve revisited recently.
Dan Dennett/On Our Consciousness
I often don’t agree Dan Dennett says, but I always love how he says it. Here’s an old talk in which he discusses the degree to which we (don’t) have insight into our own consciousness. He also seems to take credit for predicting change blindness.
Peter Donnelly/How Stats Fool Juries
Here, Donnelly puts across some excellent material on our perception of random sequences. Heads and tails; adenine, guanine, thymine and cytosine. He goes on to consider how our poor grasp of this sort of statistical reasoning can lead to genuinely terrible consequences.
Bobby McFerrin/The Pentatonic Scale
And finally, this wonderful piece from Bobby McFerrin.