Issue 155: April/May 2023
by Rick Lewis
Computer made of mouse brain cells • Microsoft disbands AI ethics team • RIP Ernst Tugendhat — News reports by Anja Steinbauer
AI & MIND
Kilian Pötter introduces the big ideas and problems around artificial consciousness.
Miriam Gorr asks what we learn from current claims for cyberconsciousness.
Michael DeBellis says Searle’s famous argument about computers not having understanding does not compute.
A. Efimov, D. Dubrovsky, and F. Matveev explore how the development of AI is limited by the perceived need to understand language and be embodied.
Sebastian Sunday Grève and Yu Xiaoyue find an unexpected way in which the answer is ‘yes’.
Noah Harris says Descartes failed to find absolute foundations for knowledge.
Trevor Pateman asks: stupidity – essence, or accident?
Kanan Purkayastha has both general and special theories about how the master rationalist inspired modern empirical science.
Stephen Anderson meditates on misfortune and meaning.
Maurits de Jongh finds our contemporary situation reflected in earlier states.
Sam McAuliffe thinks that art offers another way of thinking.
The full text of our brief interview with OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot.
Martin Jenkins looks at the life of a wry observer of society, cut short by that society’s revolutionary turmoil.
Each answer below receives a book. Apologies to the many entrants not included.
Logic & Fallacies • Off the Rails Again • Theodicy Continues • Rolling Back the Digital Tide • Knowing Foucault Himself • Rubbishing Rubbish • Cicero Civilises Characteristically • Pluralism vs French Universalism
by Terence Green
by Matt Qvortrup
Raymond Tallis finds himself within himself.
Massimo Pigliucci shares some Stoic standards.
Natasha Beranek sees transhumanism get an upgrade.
Paul J. D’Ambrosio looks at the sorts of successes to which failure can lead.
Thomas R. Morgan ponders the phantom pain and pleasure perspective.
by Melissa Felder
by Steve Delmonte
by Guto Dias
by Steve Delmonte
by Samantha Neave
by Sivanth Adithya.N
Everything must end eventually, even consciousness. A short story by Grant Bartley.