The Architecture of Rage

So…a thing happened. Again. A pretty bad thing, by most objective measures, and more bad things are undoubtedly waiting in the wings. We need to talk about it. And we need to do a better job of talking about it than we’ve been doing. In the years since my matriculation in evolutionary psychology, I’ve grown … Continue reading…

Evensong

Find me in the evening —where the dogwood erupts by the tin roof shed —wordless mostly, our fingers latticing, unlatticing, dirtward eyes —then whisper-burst of ruddy warmth —thunder foaming up from a dusky belly of sky— silver tendon threading our lips, then snap! —and laughter ringing down the night’s long throat —I in sudden dereliction, … Continue reading…

The Incoherence of Nonreductive Physicalism

What better topic to inaugurate a blog on the uneasy trysts of science and philosophy than the ever-contentious Philosophical Zombie? I find myself perennially surprised to see otherwise scientifically-minded secularists suddenly throwing up their hands and pleading a sort of “mysterianism” (to borrow Dennett’s term) when discussion turns to the nature of consciousness. Now, it’s … Continue reading…