Talking Monkeys: Philosophy, Psychology, Science, Religion and Politics on a Doomed Planet. Articles and Reviews 2006–2017

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Talking Monkeys: Philosophy, Psychology, Science, Religion and Politics on a Doomed Planet. Articles and Reviews 2006–2017 [1st edition 2nd printing with corrections 2018]
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Table of contents :
PREFACE……………………………………………………………………………. i

WITTGENSTEIN, SEARLE AND THE TWO SYSTEMS OF THOUGHT

1. The Logical Structure of Philosophy, Psychology, Mind and Language as Revealed in Ludwig Wittgenstein and John Searle…………. 2 2. Review of Making the Social World by John Searle (2010) ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 108 3. Seeing With the Two Systems of Thought—a Review of ‘Seeing Things As They Are: a Theory of Perception’ by John Searle (2015) 132

PHILOSOPHY AND PSYCHOLOGY

4. A Master Wittgensteinian Surveys Human Nature -A Review of Human Nature-the Categorial Framework by PMS Hacker (2010) 174 5. Is there such a thing as pragmatics? — Review of Concise Encyclopedia of Pragmatics 2nd ed. (2009) …………………………………………… 204 6. Review of The Mind’s I by Douglas Hofstadter and Daniel Dennett (1981) ……………………………………………………………………………… 234 7. Review of Radicalizing Enactivism by Hutto and Myin (2012) ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 241 8. Review of The Stuff of Thought by Steven Pinker (2008) … 262 9. Review of The New Science of the Mind by Marc Rowlands (2013) ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 279 10. Endless Incoherence— A Review of Shoemaker’s Physical Realization (2009) ……………………………………………………………………………… 296 11. Review of Freedom Evolves by Daniel Dennett (2003) ……. 314

12. Review of I Am a Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter (2007) ………………………………………………………………………………………. 333 13. Another cartoon portrait of the mind from the reductionist metaphysicians–a Review of Peter Carruthers ‘The Opacity of Mind’ (2011)……………………………………………………………………………… 352

MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS AND COMPUTERS

14. What Do Paraconsistent, Undecidable, Random, Computable and Incomplete mean? A Review of Godel’s Way: Exploits into an undecidable world by Gregory Chaitin, Francisco A Doria, Newton C.A. da Costa 160p (2012) ………………………………………………………. 387 15. Wolpert, Chaitin and Wittgenstein on impossibility, incompleteness, the liar paradox, theism, the limits of computation, a non-quantum mechanical uncertainty principle and the universe as computer—the ultimate theorem in Turing Machine Theory………………….. 406 16. Review of ‘The Outer Limits of Reason’ by Noson Yanofsky 403p (2013) ………………………………………………………………………………………. 412 17. Review of The Inflationary Universe by Alan Guth 358 p (1997) ………………………………………………………………………………………. 432 18. Review of Hyperspace by Michio Kaku 359p (1994) ………. 438

RELIGION

19. Review of Religion Explained– The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought by Pascal Boyer (2002) ……………………………………… 449 20. Review of Sex, Ecology, Spirituality by Ken Wilber 2nd ed 851p (2001) ………………………………………………………………………………………. 465 21. The most profound spiritual autobiography of all time? – a review of “The Knee of Listening” by Adi Da (Franklin Jones) (1995) 484 22. Do our automated unconscious behaviors reveal our real selves and hidden truths about the universe? — A review of David Hawkins ‘Power vs Force–the hidden determinants of human behavior –author’s official authoritative edition’ 412p (2012) (original edition 1995). . 489

BIOLOGY

23. Altruism, Jesus and the End of the World—how the Templeton Foundation bought a Harvard Professorship and attacked Evolution, Rationality and Civilization. A review of E.O. Wilson ‘The Social Conquest of Earth’ (2012) and Nowak and Highfield ‘SuperCooperators’(2012) ……………………………………………….. 495 24. Review of Human Nature– Sandis and Cain eds. (2012) … 510 25. Review of “Are We Hardwired? by Clark & Grunstein Oxford (2000) ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 530 26. Boring, antiscientific, antirational, creationist trash: A Review of Adapting Minds- Evolutionary Psychology and the Persistent Quest for Human Nature by David Buller (2006) …………………………… 534 27. Review of The Science of Marijuana by Leslie Iverson 283p (2000) ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 537 28. A Review of Ecstasy: the complete guide Judith Holland Editor 454p (2001) …………………………………………………………………….. 544 29. Review of Listening Into the Heart of Things: on MDMA and LSD by Samuel Widmer 302p (1997) (Translation of German Edition of 1989) ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 554 30. A very brief review of the life and work of neuroscientist, physician, psychoanalyst, inventor, animal rights activist and pioneer in dolphins, isolation tanks and psychedelics John C Lilly 1915-2001. … 558

SUICIDAL UTOPIAN DELUSIONS

31. The Transient Suppression of the Worst Devils of our Nature—a review of Steven Pinker’s ‘The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined’(2012) ………………………………………………………………. 564 32. The Dead Hands of Group Selection and Phenomenology Destroy a Book and a Career — A Review of Individuality and Entanglement by Herbert Gintis (2017) ………………………………………………………. 571 33. Is JK Rowling More Evil Than Me? …………………………………. 585 34. A Review of The Murderer Next Door by David Buss (2005) ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 590

35. Will Hominoids or Androids Destroy the Earth? —A Review of How to Create a Mind by Ray Kurzweil (2012) …………………………… 602 36. Suicide by Democracy-an Obituary for America and the World ………………………………………………………………………………………. 616

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