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Monday, October 09, 2006

The Mind-Body Problem Down Under

A radio show on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation has done an interesting episode commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of U.T. Place's "Is Consciousness a Brain Process?". There are interviews with Smart, Armstrong, Chalmers, and others.

The audio can be found here: "The Mind-Body Problem Down Under"

I found out about this at fragments of consciousness which has additional links.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The Hardest Logic Puzzle Ever

Three gods A, B, and C are called, in some order, True, False, and Random. True always speaks truly, False always speaks falsely, but whether Random speaks truly or falsely is a completely random matter. Your task is to determine the identities of A, B, and C by asking three yes-no questions; each question must be put to exactly one god. The gods understand English, but will answer all questions in their own language, in which the words for “yes” and “no” are “da” and “ja” in some order. You do not know which word means which.[1]

[1]George Boolos (1996), p. 62.