Very old papers
Old papers on consciousness
Here are my first papers on consciousness, two written in late 1987 at Oxford when I was a graduate student studying mathematics, the next two written in 1989 and 1990 when I had just started at Indiana as a graduate student in philosophy an cognitive science. Click on “+” for abstract and for download options.
Consciousness: The First-Person and Third-Person Views
Mind, Pattern, and Information
The First-Person and Third-Person Views
Consciousness and Cognition
These are a few unfinished papers on a variety of subjects, mostly written around when I was graduate student at Indiana. I set these aside because I wasn’t quite happy with them, or because I didn’t think they were very significant, or because they evolved into something else, or because I am lazy, but looking at them now I quite enjoy them. My later self may not endorse every youthful excess here, but there are some interesting bits and pieces.
A Taxonomy of Cognitive Jokes
On Spaghetti-Sorters and the Powers of Analog Computation
How Cartesian Dualism Might Have Been True
These are a few commentaries I’ve given at philosophy conferences over the years. Often I don’t write these up, but these may have enough in them to be worthwhile.
Connectionist Representation and Deep Systematicity
Determining the Moment of Consciousness?
What is it Like to be a Thermostat?
Old Usenet postings
In days gone by I posted to Usenet, and other mailing lists, quite a bit. There was an occasional very good discussion – at least one of my published papers resulted from this sort of thing, and I can see other traces here and there. Other postings were just intellectual curiosity or frivolity. The endless discussions of Chinese rooms and consciousness were too open-ended to excerpt here, but here are a few more specific topics.