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Consciousness, Cognition and Life
A History of Knowledge
A Timeline of Neuroscience
A Timeline of Artificial Intelligence
A Timeline of Computing
Classics of Psychology
Thinking about Thought - The Structure of Life and the Meaning of Matter. Published in 2015, basically the reader for the class that i taught for many years at UC Berkeley.
Intelligence is not Artificial. My attempt to demystify A.I.: we do need A.I., unfortunately A.I. has made very little progress in its first 60 years (which is also why it cannot be dangerous).
Annotated Bibliography on the Mind. Started when i was at Stanford in 1995 and periodically updated with new book reviews.
Reviews of science/tech books
News from the scientific world
My opinion pieces
LASERs - Art/Science Evenings in San Francisco
Seminar on The Nature of Mind, which i have been teaching on and off at UC Berkeley since the mid 1990s.
Seminar on History of Knowledge, which i have been teaching on and off at UC Berkeley since 1998.
Slide presentation: "Artificial Intelligence: History and Status "
Logos Lectures. A series of casual lectures from 2006-07.
"Human 2.0 The Technologies of the Future"
Assorted presentations, ranging from Cognitive Science to Silicon Valley.
Register to my mailing list. Every three months or so, I send out news and updates on cognitive science and the likes, reviews of books, announcement of conferences, and the status of my book.
A simple theory of consciousness
On the relationship between Quantum Theory and Relativity Theory
Statement of work (2007)
Statement of work (2005)
Statement of work (2000)
Research statement (1995)
Personal Research Statement:
BooksThinking about Thought - Vol 1-4 (Amazon, 2015)
A History of Silicon Valley - almost a third edition (Amazon, 2014) ISBN: 978-1-5002622-2-8
Intelligence is not Artificial (Omniware, 2015) ISBN: 978-0-9765531-9-9
A Visual History of the Visual Arts (Free ebook)
A Brief History of Knowledge (Amazon eBook, 2011) ISBN: 978-1500526658
Synthesis. Essays, Photographs, Poems (Omniware, 2009) ISBN: 978-0-9765531-7-5
A History of Rock and Dance Music Vol 2 (Omniware, 2009) ISBN: 978-0-9765531-6-8
A History of Rock and Dance Music Vol 1 (Omniware, 2009) ISBN: 978-0-9765531-5-1
A History of Jazz Music 1900-2000 (Omniware, 2007) ISBN: 978-0-9765531-3-7
A History of Popular Music (Omniware, 2007) ISBN 978-0-9765531-2-0
Dialogue of the Lovers - Poems (Lacaita, 1998)
What is Thymos?
Greek thought evolved an intriguing division of mental life into two souls, the Thymos (pron: "theemos") and the Psyche.
In ancient Greece the Thymos became the active, rational and mortal part of the person (the part that has control over the body), while the Psyche became the quiescent and immortal part of the person.
The Thymos became a core concept of Socrates' philosophy. In Socrates' theology the doctrine of Thymos is a meditation on the history of philosophy from Homer to Socrates himself, by which Socrates hails the passage from unconscious philosophizing to rational self-consciousness. Interestingly, Socrates warned against the dangers of self-awareness. He warned that consciousness would cost us greatly, both in terms of desire to live and in terms of our harmony with nature. In Plato's late dialogues this contradiction has a happy ending, as Socrates finds in conscious thought the meaning of life itself.
Platonic philosophy elevated the Thymos above the Psyche. The Psyche is viewed as a sort of lower mind that can connect with either a higher mind (nous), that a Christian may perhaps interpret as God, or with the Thymos, that a Christian cannot interpret because it has no correspondent. Thymos is the cause of anger and passion. In a sense, it is opposite of meditation.