Change becomes you
Being the same person over time is not about holding on to every aspect of your current self but about changing purposefully
Freud the philosopher
Before fathering psychoanalysis, Freud first slayed the dominant Cartesian intellectual tradition of mind-body dualism
I attend, therefore I am
You are only as strong as your powers of attention, and other uncomfortable truths about the self
Jewish émigrés from the former Soviet Union tell inconsistent stories. What does this say about the nature of memory?
Maps in the head
How animals navigate their way around provides clues to how the brain forms, stores and retrieves memories
The real problem
It looks like scientists and philosophers might have made consciousness far more mysterious than it needs to be
Should we be afraid of AI?
Machines seem to be getting smarter and smarter and much better at human jobs, yet true AI is utterly implausible. Why?
Our machines could become self-aware without our knowing it. We need a better way to define and test for consciousness
I am not a story
Some find it comforting to think of life as a story. Others find that absurd. So are you a Narrative or a non-Narrative?
A good forgetting
Personal identity is tied to memory, but sometimes we find peace, clarity and a true sense of completeness in the lapses
Dementia undermines all of our philosophical assumptions about the coherence of the self. But that might be a good thing
From Aesop to doge
The animal who speaks in a human voice is a figure of the most enduring imaginative power. What do we hope to hear?