This blog has fallen behind. Too much to do, too little time, and other outlets take up the space that the blog used to. Still, there has been plenty going on, and I hope to make a few posts here in the next little while.
Since finishing Constructing the World about a year ago, I've been writing a number of articles, including reply pieces for four different symposia. These include two symposia on The Character of Consciousness, a symposium on my old article on computation, and a symposium on my article on the singularity. All of these symposia have turned out to be worthwhile, at least from my perspective. Details follow.
"The Contents of Consciousness: Reply to Hellie, Peacocke, and Siegel" is a reply to three commentaries in a symposium on The Character of Consciousness in Analysis. The commentaries by Benj Hellie and Susanna Siegel are freely available online, while Chris Peacocke's commentary is available at the Analysis website. This symposium focuses on issues about the contents of consciousness from the second half of the book. The topics include acquaintance, attention, and transparency (Hellie), spatial experience and externalism (Peacocke), and perceptual Frege cases and perceptual belief (Siegel).
"Modality and the Mind-Body Problem: Reply to Goff and Papineau, Lee, and Levine" is a (draft) reply to three commentaries in a symposium on The Character of Consciousness in Philosophical Studies. The commentaries by Philip Goff and David Papineau and by Geoff Lee
are available online, while Joe Levine's contribution isn't yet online
as far as I know. This symposium focuses on issues about the
metaphysics of consciousness from the first half of the book, and
especially on the two-dimensional argument against materialism and
"The Varieties of Computation: A Reply" is a reply to 12 commentators on my previously unpublished 1990s article "A Computational Foundation for the Study of Cognition". The Journal of Cognitive Science has been generous enough to make the whole symposium available for free online. You can find the commentaries (by Curtis Brown, Frances Egan, Stevan Harnad, Colin Klein, Marcin Milkowski, Gerard O'Brien, Michael Rescorla, Brendan Ritchie, Matthis Scheutz, Oron Shagrir, Mark Sprevak, and Brandon Towl) here, here, and here.
"The Singularity: A Reply to Commentators" is a reply to 26 commentators on my article "The Singularity: A Philosophical Analysis". The whole symposium was published over two issues (here and here) of the Journal of Consciousness Studies. Those issues are behind a paywall, but many of the commentaries are available freely online: Barry Dainton, Sue Blackmore, Selmer Bringsjord, Damien Broderick, Richard Brown, Joe Corabi and Susan Schneider, Ben Goertzel, Robin Hanson, Francis Heylighen, Marcus Hutter, Pamela McCorduck, Drew McDermott, Jesse Prinz, Jurgen Schmidhuber, Carl Shulman and Nick Bostrom, Eric Steinhart, Frank Tipler, Roman Yampolskiy. Those by Dan Dennett, Susan Greenfield, Ray Kurzweil, and a few others don't seem to be freely available.