Hofstadter – The Material Brain and Meaning in the Mind

Individual ants behave as individuals, oblivious to their role In the ant colony. An ant colony must have certain attributes in order for the colony to thrive. In the analogy of Aunt Hillary and Anteater individual ants are sacrificed for the health of the colony. Hofstadter frames the interaction between Aunt Hillary and Anteater as… Continue reading Hofstadter – The Material Brain and Meaning in the Mind

Ibn Rushd – the Qur’an and Philosophy 

Ibn Rushd, known in the Western world as Averroes, wrote summaries and commentaries of Aristotle that made the philosopher  intelligible for the Muslim world in the 12th century, but his legacy is the impact his commentaries had on Jewish and Christian philosophy. St. Aquinas referred to Aristotle as the Philosopher, and Ibn Rushd as the… Continue reading Ibn Rushd – the Qur’an and Philosophy