Friday, September 07, 2007

Stroll

BEGGAR: You've got a nice stroll.

ME:
Excuse me?

BEGGAR: Everyone else is rushing back and forth, but you're just strolling around relaxed.

ME: Ah. That's because I'm an intern--and don't have a real job.

BEGGAR: Can I have some money?

ME: No.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Dualism

I do find some kind of dualism to be the best medium between the intuitive and empirical, regardless of the bulk of philosophers' opinions.

If dualism is true in its more robust causative form: that is to say, the mind can act causatively on the brain, and doesn't just supervene on certain neural states, there's a promising avenue of verification. Simply find effects within the brain with no physical cause, which would presumably precede actions we take to be voluntary. For instance, a neuron could fire seemingly of its own accord. Or, if quantum mind theories are correct (as I dreamily fantasize), wave functions collapsing or whatever it is those things do.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Works Cited

In the center of that open space, a bony woman in a threadbare garment was hunched over a dead plant.

Sword of Divine Fire's reaction was succinct: "Fuck!" The woman cringed as if he'd hit her with a bullwhip. Then: "What has happened to our potato?"


Neal Stephenson, The Confusion