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I’m taking a course in contemporary applied Sociology over summer to ‘fill the time’ and for some extra credit.  The course is titled Graffiti, Kitsch and Trash: Crime of Style and is proving quite interesting.  One of the central themes of the course is the concept of anarchy.  I have a lot of sympathy for social systems and theory inspired by anarchy and I’m hoping that we could have a little discussion in the comments below about our perspectives of anarchy.  I’ll start off with a short quotation. Continue reading ‘Anarchy’

A Book Meme

We’ve been memed!

  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Open it to page 56.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
  5. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

Thought it may be interesting to see what we’re reading at the moment.  If you don’t want to post on your own blog just post in the comment section below.  Here’s what I got:

“Consciousness is a process in the Brain” in my view is neither self-contradictory nor self-evident; it is a reasonable scientific hypothesis, in the way that the statement “Lightning is a motion of electric charges” is a reasonable scientific hypothesis.

Place, U.T. 1956, ‘Is Consciousness a Brain Process’, in Chalmers, David J. (ed.) 2002, Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings, Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 55 – 60.

The Secret and an Extra Variable on Descartes’ Proposition

I was having a debate with a friend recently about the merits (or I should perhas say lack of merit) of that extremely popular book/film/TV show ‘The Secret’.  I’m not sure why people are so willing to just jump in and believe this stuff, particularly after watching the film!

Continue reading ‘The Secret and an Extra Variable on Descartes’ Proposition’

Macquarie Academics on ABC’s Good Game

This week two Macquarie academics, Dr. Cynthia Townley and Dr. Mitch Parsell from the department of Philosophy, were featured on the ABC program ‘Good Game’.  The story was titled ‘A Moral Choice’ and explored the relationship between Ethics, Morality and the playing of video games.  It’s only a short story, as you’d expect in a half hour program, but some interesting points are conveyed.  I do have to say, however, that Father Bob was a little disapointing.  The video can be found here ->

Ethics at the BBC

I was just having a browse of the BBC’s iView content via Totem and was surprised to see that they classify their Ethics section together with Religion.  The particular heading reads “Religion and Ethics”.  I wonder how many people in secular countries still equate ethics (or morality) with religion.

Those Young Liberals Are At It Again

I got wind of this from an article published, surprisingly, in The Australian.  The Young Liberals have published a new website called Make Education Fair where, among other things, they have written a ‘black list’, which they call an ‘Academic Alert List‘, where they list academics by name, department etc. that they disagree with.  They have even compiled a list of academics that have organised conferences that they don’t like (the ‘Relaxed & Comfortable’ conference, for example). Continue reading ‘Those Young Liberals Are At It Again’

Thanks Dave

Just a quick note of thanks to Dave Chalmers for linking to us from his site (You’ll find us listed under group blogs – local on this page).  If you haven’t checked out Dave’s amazing site be sure to do so.  Of particular interest to me is his MindPapers section.  This is a bibliography of papers in the Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science.  This site gave me so much recent material to go with for a course I took titled PHI310: Philosophy and Cognitive Science.  So, thanks again Dave.

The 2008 Australasian Philosophy of Religion Conference

Just a quick posting for those few of you who haven’t received notification of the event listed in the title.

The 2008 Australasian Philosophy of Religion Conference will be held on the 27th and 28th of September, 2008 at St Mark’s National Theological Centre, 15 Blackall St, Barton, Canberra, ACT, 2600

Continue reading ‘The 2008 Australasian Philosophy of Religion Conference’

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