Controversy between Hobbes and Descartes over consciousness

The origins of the monism/dualism conflict For Hobbes, physiological processes and mental subjectivity are two sides of the same reality. Subjectivity is the brain’s reaction to pressure transmitted by nerves. On the other hand, for Descartes, it cannot be explained as an effect of the bodily process. By virtue of what magic would this physical … Read more

How it matches

Before reading Pre-review of a book that I have not yet opened. What’s the point? That of knowing if a book starts from the right base. Indeed, modern techniques for matching people are based a priori on the success of these mating. Isn’t this elementary positivism already too much? Isn’t that reducing our reach on … Read more

Feeding (5): Epistemological conclusion

Do we have to choose between contradictory analyses? A recurring problem handicaps philosophical analysis: teleological and ontological views are contradictory. They describe competing cases. If it’s genetics, it can’t be psychology. If it’s culture, it can’t be biology. Etc. The contradiction arises from an epistemology that is too horizontal: the different views are deciphered, compared, … Read more

Feeding (4): Immiscible memes

A microcosm of good size In Oceanian mythologies, the human body is the microcosm of the divine macrocosm. More representative if we give it space? The strong build is particularly appreciated by Polynesians, who engaged in ritual fattening (ha’apori). The elder children were locked in the shade in huts and fed abundantly until they made … Read more

Feeding (3): Somma

Is there a brain? That there is a nervous system, that’s for sure, and it extends through the whole body. It concentrates remarkably in the skull. Crossroads and cells multiply there. But there remains, for the most part, a vast network of connected fibers. The key element of the nervous system is not the neuron … Read more

Surimposium as a system of philosophy

iKant Philosophical systems reflect the organization of the thought of their authors. Some are very codified, as in Socrates, Descartes, Spinoza, Kant. They kind of create their mathematics of thought. These equations, once identified, make it possible to pass any new problem to their specific reel. The systems thus attract a lot of young philosophers. … Read more