On Semiotics

This week's 15 Minute Insight (the 4th and final in the series), on semiotics as a discipline and as the normative science of truth. But now, let us ask—since we’re talking about the study of the action of signs and this questions seems pretty important for that discussion—let us ask, what is a sign?  In …

Problems with Neuroreductionism

A short, fifteen minute audio recording on the problems with neuroreductive ("you are just your brain!") explanations of human experience.  I'll probably do more of these "fifteen minute insights" in the future.

Artificial Intelligence & Concept Formation

The text of this talk (given 19 March 2019 at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI) is now available here.  I'll be recording a video of myself presenting it (audio recording did not work out during the initial presentation) sometime in the near future as well.

Introduction to Philosophical Principles – Preview

After drafting, revising, editing, revising again, taking some space, and revising one last time, I have completed the text of the Introduction to Philosophical Principles.  I am still fine-tuning a few last things--the proverbial dotting of i's and crossing of t's--before I release the final, complete PDF, including figuring out what precisely I need to do …

Some notes on animal cognition

Aquinas—unlike some others of his time, before his time, and even after his time—did not always underestimate the potency of non-human animals’ estimative capacity by reducing it to “instinct”: that is, to an inborn, unchanging, “pre-programmed” routine of how to deal with environmental factors.  As we know now, in an endeavor accelerated by the investigative …