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Consciousness, randomness, and the University of Texas

May 18, 2016

I enjoyed reading Galen Strawson’s take on the problem of consciousness. I don’t fully agree. Perception is far from the simple thing people often imagine it. Neurologists and psychologists have a long list of experiments where we fool ourselves about what we perceived, including whether one made a choice one thought one made. What could be simpler than the perception of having chosen? But it’s not.

Still, I was glad to see he is in UT’s Dept. of Philosophy. UT computer scientists recently made a breakthrough on random number generation. (Thanks, Jim.)

I don’t know anything about Niche, but it recently ranked UT as the #1 public school, despite the fact that it is now in the middle of a large city rather than a middle-sized and distinctly weird one.

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