The Splintered Mind
reflections in philosophy of psychology, broadly construed
Friday, January 27, 2023
Hedonic Offsetting for Harms to Artificial Intelligence?
Suppose that we someday create artificially intelligent systems (AIs) who are capable of genuine consciousness, real joy and real suffering....
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
New Paper in Draft: Dispositionalism, Yay! Representationalism, Boo! Plus, the Problem of Causal Specification
I have a new paper in draft: "Dispositionalism, Yay! Representationalism, Boo!" Check it out here . As always, objections, comment...
Thursday, January 12, 2023
Further Methodological Troubles for the Moralometer
[This post draws on ideas developed in collaboration with psychologist Jessie Sun .] If we want to study morality scientifically, we should ...
Friday, January 06, 2023
The Design Policy of the Excluded Middle
According to the Design Policy of the Excluded Middle, as Mara Garza and I have articulated it ( here and here ), we ought to avoid creat...
Sunday, January 01, 2023
Writings of 2022
Every New Year's Day, I post a retrospect of the past year's writings. Here are the retrospects of 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015 , 2016 ...
Thursday, December 29, 2022
The Moral Status of Alien Microbes, Plus a Thought about Artificial Life
Some scientists think it's quite possible we will soon find evidence of microbial life in the Solar System, if not on Mars, then maybe...
Thursday, December 22, 2022
The Moral Measurement Problem: Four Flawed Methods
[This post draws on ideas developed in collaboration with psychologist Jessie Sun .] So you want to build a moralometer -- that is, a dev...
Tuesday, December 13, 2022
An Objection to Chalmers's Fading Qualia Argument
Would a neuron-for-neuron silicon isomorph of you have conscious experiences? Or is there something special about the biology of neurons, s...
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