Friday, November 14, 2008

Dallas Willard on Naturalism

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At 11/15/2008 08:12:00 AM , Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

That's a long walk for a tiny sip of water.

As an antidote, the seeds of reference (and therefore truth) are already present in neuroscience in biorepresentations.

At 11/18/2008 05:11:00 PM , Blogger Randy said...

Agreed. Too much labor for the fruits.

A new book
on cognitive neuroscience was just published. Received my copy today.

At 11/18/2008 08:10:00 PM , Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Uh oh, Bennett and Hacker. Well, even if their philosophy is lame perhaps this one will have some good history of the subject.

The neuroscientist's bible is Principles of Neural Science, though it includes more than systems/cognitive level phenomena.

At 11/20/2008 05:03:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought that was a splendid article. Thanks for the link, Victor.

At 11/22/2008 09:57:00 AM , Blogger normajean said...

BDK or whoever, what do you think about brain games like the ones at


Do these games really serve to improve acuity?

At 11/23/2008 10:24:00 PM , Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Normajean: I don't know anything about them unfortunately and couldn't see what games they were recommending. If there are solid psychological studies to back them up (published in peer reviewed journals) I'd be more likely to believe them. It's hard to ascertain from the first site. The second one, I have no idea what to make of it.

At 11/24/2008 07:42:00 AM , Blogger normajean said...

BDK, I attended a seminar where companies like lumosity argued that these games promote neurogenesis. If they actually work, I’ll use them as a skill block in my classroom. I teach math at a California State Penitentiary where many of my students were/are drug users that have various mental life disabilities. A few have found help through cognitive therapy and medicine. In my opinion, many have improved by virtue of the fact that they are studying math. I’ll peruse more articles before I make any investment. Thanks!

At 11/24/2008 08:02:00 AM , Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

NJ: funny, I was going to recommend some math! (Or chess).

At 11/24/2008 08:15:00 AM , Blogger normajean said...

My brother in-law spanks me in chess! He assumed I'd be good because I read philosophy-He was wrong! I might have to take up the sport and challenge the boy in a year or so. Peace

At 11/24/2008 06:28:00 PM , Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Chess is only weakly correlated with intelligence. It is most highly correlated with total time playing, access to good instruction, careful analysis of one's own games after finishing them, and the age all this begins (the younger, the better you will be).

I have been playing about three years, and am not really all that good (Valicella and Reppert are both much better than me, I'm sure) but for the adult beginner I wrote up a study program here that would have probably saved me some time.

At 11/25/2008 08:41:00 AM , Blogger normajean said...

Thanks! I've seen this and like it. Peace out

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