Psycasm is the exploration of the world psychological. Every day phenomenon explained and manipulated to one's own advantage. Written by a slightly overambitious undergrad, Psycasm aims at exploring a whole range of social and cognitive processes in order to best understand how our minds, and those mechanisms that drive them, work.
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I'm looking for someone to start a public dialogue with. Not necessarily a debate, nor a series of essays, just a conversation.
I tend to find myself spending a few hours researching, reading and writing every blog post I make. As a result I've found myself only being able to produce one a week and riding the comments for as long as possible thereafter. Thus, I feel my midweek could be spruced up with something interesting. Something a little less formal. Something a little more interactive. Maybe there could even be jokes...
I tend to write about behaviour, or cognition, or belief. I don't think I've ever really tackled any bigger questions like 'What is Cognition' or 'What is Behaviour'. But I feel this is fertile ground for investigation. And so I'd like to propose an open dialogue with someone on such issues - 'What is Mind?', 'Is there free-will?', 'What is the nature of thought?'.
As it stands I'm not sure anyone can give a definitive answer on such questions, but almost certainly we've got ideas, hypotheses and intuitions. A series of open dialogues might be just the way to foster some cross-disciplinary interactions. Ideally I'm looking Philosophy blogger, someone like me - an active blogger, engaged, eager and (ideally) an undergrad.
I foresee the structure as an email once a week posted here (midweek) with a response a week later. If the other conversant runs a blog I also imagine cross-posting the dialogue there, in order to pull in as wider range of readers and commenters as possible. I think it's best to characterize the whole scenario as not an exercise in persuasion, or finding an answer, but simply asking interesting questions which I (and commenters) can really sink their teeth into.
I must admit I know little of formal Philosophy, but understand that Philosophy houses some pretty sophisticated thoughts on the topic. I would like to be informed of such things in an interesting and engaging way, while hopefully reciprocating with thoughts from modern experimental Psychology.
I initially began a search through a list of philosophy blogs, but soon got lost and greatly confused. And so here I am with an open letter - an open invitation. If you know someone who might be interested in swapping emails once a week, publishing the correspondence and engaging a range of readers, please direct them here.
If you are here for just such a purpose please email me at psycasm (at) gmail (dot) com - we can nut out a few details and suss each-other out before going public with the project; alternatively register with Labspaces and DM me via the Labspaces system. I foresee no time-line for the project; perhaps it goes on for the rest of the year, or lasts just half-a-dozen exchanges.
I look forward to finding out more.
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Cool idea. One of my back burner ideas is an NPR type radio show that does something similar with easily accessible science papers.