The Bulletin, the Australian counterpart of Newsweek, has a weekly feature where a reporter has lunch with some idiosyncratic figure. I was lunch in last week's issue: here's the article, by Diana Bagnall. As is common with this sort of thing, it has to be taken with a reasonably large grain of salt. I'm credited with a bit too much, and various sentiments are attributed to me that I didn't express and don't quite endorse. (E.g. "What matters is to be in there, among the action", "We'll know exactly what patients in a coma are thinking" -- the latter of which is run as a highlighted quote in the printed version, even though the words are Diana's and not mine!) The "thinker" pose was the photographer's idea, but at least the bigger photos in the printed version make clearer that it's supposed to be ironic rather than pretentious! On the plus side, there's a nice shout-out to the Desert Landscapes thread on philosophers' songs. Overall, I'd say that Diana did an excellent job presenting some tricky issues very clearly. Like the Festival of Ideas, this is another instance of a welcome degree of engagement with intellectual issues in Australian popular culture.
While on the theme of magazines, the magazine What is Enlightenment? recently ran a long feature article on the science of consciousness, with interviews with yours truly and many others, centering on last year's Tucson consciousness conference. Overall, the article (by Craig Hamilton) is excellent. There's also a web feature (including an audio interview with me), although much of that requires registration. Finally, I'm told that the July 4 issue of the New Yorker has an article on death by Adam Gopnik that discusses ideas about consciousness at length and mangles my views in passing. (Joe Levine, who was called as a fact-checker on the article, tells me that his fact-checking was to no avail.) That article isn't available online and I haven't seen it, however.