I write a monthly column for the blog 3 Quarks Daily. Here is a list of my essays:
Boundaries and Subtleties: the Mysterious Power of Naming in Human Cognition
From Cell Membranes to Computational Aesthetics: On the Importance of Boundaries in Life and Art
The Chemical Self and the Social Self
Science: the Quest for Symmetry
Randomness: the Ghost in the Machine?
Almost Perfect: Cosmic Music and Mathematical Ratio
Is Neuroscience Really Ruining the Humanities?
Information: the Measure of all Things? A Four Part Series:
- Part I: Communication, Code and Computation
- Part II: The Genius in the Gene
- Part III: If the DNA molecule is the Book of Life, It’s a Very Strange Book Indeed
- Part IV: How Informative is the Concept of Biological Information?
The Varieties of Probabilistic Experience
Be Careful What You Wish For: Some Wild Speculations About Goodhart’s Law
Me and My Brain: What the Double-Subject Fallacy Reveals About Contemporary Conceptions of the Self
What do we mean by “nature”? And what do we mean by “human nature?”
Some free-form musings on the Star Wars phenomenon
I know that feel bro: What Aziz Ansari and Celine Dion taught me about ‘relating’
The “Streetlight Effect”: a Metaphor for Knowledge and Ignorance
Persons All the Way Down: On viewing the scientific conception of the Self from the inside out
Decision-making: the Fine Art of Throwing Away Information
On Pokémon Go and Psychogeography (And Philip K. Dick)
Installing the Idol: On the Real Power of Imaginary Notions
Will next year feature a Summer of Love or a Summer of Hate?
Why some neuroscientists call consciousness “the c-word”
Putting the “cog” in “cognitive”: On the “mind as machine” metaphor
Why human memory is not a bit like a computer’s