Difficulties with the Electromagnetic Field Theory of Consciousness (64 kb pdf)
By Susan Pockett
The author's version of the electromagnetic field theory of consciousness is stated briefly and then three difficulties with the theory are discussed.
Does Consciousness Cause Behavior? (124 kb pdf)
By Susan Pockett
The prevailing folk-psychology of modern Western humans holds that (1) an individual person or self can be identified with that individual's consciousness and that (2) consciousness can cause behavior. This paper assembles a body of experimental and philosophical evidence suggesting that both of these beliefs might be mistaken.
TechnoSpere: 'Real" Time, 'Artificial' Life
By Jane Prophet, Gordon Selley and Mark Hurry
This paper focuses on the real-time 3D version of the artificial life art piece, TechnoSphere. It begins by positioning TechnoSphere’s simulated landscapes in relationship to the English landscape and its tradition in painting, and problematises ideas of ‘the natural’. The TechnoSphere creatures are evaluated as both artificial wildlife and domesticated animals, before considering the relationship between creature and environment. This is followed by a comparison of the Internet and real-time versions of TechnoSphere, and concludes by outlining the work-in-progress – a merging of the two systems.
RobotCub is a 5 years long project funded by the European Commission through Unit E5 "Cognition." Their main goal is to study cognition through the implementation of real robotic artifacts. This is an open project in many different ways: it will distribute its platform openly, it will develop software open-source, and is open to including new partners and form collaboration worldwide.
The Humanist Society of Santa Barbara
Those at the Humanist Society of Santa Barbara share the conviction that rational inquiry can provide the best foundation for human progress.
Life, the Universe, And Everything: An Interview with Douglas Adams
by David Silverman
If you describe yourself as “Atheist,” some people will say, “Don’t you mean ‘Agnostic’?” I have to reply that I really do mean Atheist. I really do not believe that there is a god -- in fact, I am convinced that there is not a god (a subtle difference).
Takanishi Laboratory: Department of Engineering, Waseda University
Research includes a biped humanoid robot, a multipurpose biped locomotor, an emotion expression humanoid robot, an anthropomorthic talking robot, and a robot system for measuring carotid arterial blood flow.
Neurofuture: Brain Sciences and the Culture of Future
Neurofuture is a blog highlighting neuroscience and related research, with an emphasis on futurism, art, transhumanism and the media. Examines current trends as well as the unusual, intriguing and just plain nifty.
This informative science site proposes to have "the world's most exciting science news, long before it's in the papers."
A site devoted to anthropomophic (human-like) robots. Covers the word's greatest android projects in detail.
An outspoken atheist and science advocate, columnist Amy Alkon tells it like it is.
Environment News -- Global Warming Tips, Environment Education Articles | Information
Environment Education News -- 4ecotips provides Global Warming News and Tips, Environment issues news articles, global warming information and eco travel with eco friendly tips, Environmental and Economics history from UK, Europe.
Blogging about artificial life, hacking, science, technology and current events.