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Q&A on the Spread Mind at the PCC Forum

Hello, this time I post a Q&A follow-up of the on-line meeting held at the PCC Forum on Match 8, 2020 thanks to the CIIS (San Francisco). Belowe there is a series of questions that the participants asked about the Spread Mind and my tentative answers to their worries. Any mistake is entirely my responsibility! Thanks to all the participants! From Sarah Is externalism the same as objectivism? By external I mean “external to the Central Nervous System (CNS)” in a very plain physical sense. In fact, nothing is ever experienced as a property of neural activities inside the CNS.

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How should things look? Senses vs. common sense

One day Gertrude Anscombe, speaking with Ludwig Wittgenstein, had this exchange of views. He greeted her with the question: ‘”Why do people say that it was natural to think that the sun went round the earth rather than that the earth turned on its axis?” She replied: “I suppose, because

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Nothing appears! Everything exists

Both in philosophy and in science, almost everyone believes that the world may appear different from what it is. Things seem small from far away, while they are big. The mirage seems to be made of water and instead it is only a layer of hot air on the hot

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Calories do not exist, but they’ll make you fat!

Every time we buy packaged food, even if we don’t pay attention to its box, it is very likely that it shows its material components. And so the label will informs that, per 100 grams of product, how many grams are made of proteins, fats, sugars, carbohydrates, fiber, plus other

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Metamerism and keys

What do the colors have to do with the keys to the apartments? Much more than it seems. Indeed, reasoning about keys and apartments will allow us to reveal an error behind a notion very dear to psychologists: metamerism. Let’s start with the simple case. I live in a condo

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Fighting the modern gods

It’s easy to smile at the gods of the past and to the people who made sacrifices to Mitra, Zeus, and Osiris. Yet, in every age, there are principles that challenge rationality and that guide thinking. They are dangerous because no one questions them. They are the frame inside which

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The Spread Mind in short

At the onset of 2020, a long-due short intro to the theory at hand is a good way to start. So let me tell you why the Spread Mind promises to solve one of the most difficult problems in the history of science and philosophy. First, allow me to be

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The dam and the body

We often believe we are one and the same as our body or, if we give more consideration to the question, to be inside our body. Yet, if we think more, such ideas make little or no sense. If we split open a body, we are not going to find

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