Talk:David Chalmers

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Chalmers's Anti-Physicalism in The Conscious Mind[edit]

I think the formulation of Chalmers' anti-physicalism was a little misleading, in that it was previously formulated in terms of irreducibility. Many philosophers (Donald Davidson is a famous example) hold that physicalism is true but deny that mental states like "the experience of awareness" are reducible to physical states. (They usually hold that physical states supervene on mental states instead, in that physical properties necessarily set mental ones; Chalmers denies this, making him an antiphysicalist. But discussion of the concept of supervenience may make the article unnecessarily complex.)

Since I think identification is more straightfoward, and any physicalist I can think of holds that mental states are at least token-identical with physical ones, I edited the article along those lines.

Couldn't we all have our own Wikipedia entry? User:Wetman

It depends, i myself don't need one.

David Chalmers of Oil for food[edit]

I landed here when looking for David Chalmers of oil for food. We need to clarify that this is not the greedy tycoon. See this page for more information. [1]

I removed the entry for the Oil for Food scandal thinking it was a blantant piece of vandalism. If the other Chalmers Jr is big to cause confusion then I think a disambiguation page might be a good idea. patrickw 15:34, 16 December 2005 (UTC)
I have been told that I have removed (unintentionally) valuable information from the page. I have therefore reverted the page to its pre-existing condition. patrickw 16:03, 16 December 2005 (UTC)

hair[edit]

i was thinking we could add a picture instead of talking about his hair. Obviously the queensrythe must go (or atleast add a source?). i couldnt find a creative commons picture so i emailed him and he replied:

i just took a look at the entry. i suppose i shouldn't comment much, but i did notice that one occurrence of "australian" is misspelled, and the "center" i direct is actually a "centre". also, the bibliography is now up to over 8000 entries. i've never heard the queensryche claim before!
cheers,
dave.
I added a picture from his website. Spencerk 00:18, 9 December 2005 (UTC)


Who the fuck cares about his hair? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 123.255.55.188 (talk) 09:00, 7 October 2007 (UTC)

I study history in the same building as Chalmers, and can confirm that the picture is entirely encyclopedic. That's what he looks like, every single day. The hair, the t-shirt, the leather jacket. I've never met him but it seems to sum up his character well enough too - I see him talking to his students fairly frequently. Mostlyharmless (talk) 10:08, 25 October 2009 (UTC)

German version[edit]

Does it seem absurd to anybody else that the German version of Chalmers' site [2] is much larger than the English? And does anyone feel up to bringing this one, in his native language no less (!) up to scratch? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 150.203.2.85 (talk) 13:56, 9 December 2006 (UTC).

There is no reason to praise my German version of the article. Footnotes, 2D semantics and ontological antirealism are missing. I will expand the German version in the next weeks but it would be great to write the English and the German article at the same time. Anyone want to join me? --Davidlud 23:47, 26 February 2007 (UTC)

WikiProject class rating[edit]

This article was automatically assessed because at least one WikiProject had rated the article as start, and the rating on other projects was brought up to start class. BetacommandBot 14:55, 9 November 2007 (UTC)

Libertarian?[edit]

So Chalmers espouses libertarian free will, correct? Amit@Talk 16:16, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

 :-( Amit@Talk 15:26, 26 November 2007 (UTC)
No. -- 68.111.35.169 (talk) 00:55, 2 August 2013 (UTC)

Some observations for Rollo, etc...==[edit]

The article is extraordinarily THIN, to say the least. You have more than enough room to add anything (accurate and well-sourced, of course) without controversy. There's just nothing here but a bare outline.

Also, found this contradiction: Instead, Chalmers argues that consciousness arises from any information-bearing system (in the sense of information theory), leading him to adopt a form of panpsychism, believing that even thermostats are somewhat conscious. Chalmers has elsewhere said ("Consciousness and the Philosophers: an Exchange") that he is agnostic on the issue of panpsychism, but that it is not nearly as indefensible an idea as some think.


Either one adopts a view or is agnostic about such a view. Which is it? Having read the book and several articles by Chalmers, it is clear that he does not adopt panphysicm, but simply entertains that possibility, along with a form of Russellian neutral monism in various places. He is much more committed to property dualism. The little article almost leaves the impression that THIS central aspect is not important, while his brief condisreations on pansphysicism are definitive conclusions. Backwards.


I see one footnote.............I would basically start from scratch and write a real article.

--Francesco Franco (talk) 09:21, 10 January 2009 (UTC)

NOt wikible?[edit]

I understand that there is much I have not yet learned by experience still is it wrong to have a section on Cholmers flamed on wikipedia for editing? I ask here so as not to vandal again! Much love for the New Year! Linguistixuck (talk) 00:51, 9 April 2009 (UTC)

If you can find a reliable source which explicitly discusses Chalmers relationship with Wikipedia, then a sentence or two might not be out of place. Skomorokh 03:48, 9 April 2009 (UTC)



ONE FOOTNOTE!? This article needs to be deleted until it is properly sourced...not to mention that it is poorly written.Dmjanssen (talk) 18:11, 30 June 2009 (UTC)

Improving the Article[edit]

I noticed that there is nothing in this article on Chalmers' work on two dimensionalism, a relatively new theory in philosophy of language. There definitely should be some stuff here on that.

Furthermore, there are sources aplenty on all things Chalmers, namely on his website, consc.net. He has links to many of his papers there. 76.84.159.195 (talk) 19:37, 13 October 2009 (UTC)

This article is a piece of work. I just edited it because it was badly worded, got some facts about his position wrong, and so forth. I don't have time to add a discussion of his work in related areas (semantics, metaphysics, and mental content), which all strike me as more important than his defense of dualism. He became well-known with that defense, but he's done a lot of other work which has been pretty influential, and if this is going to be an authoritative encyclopedia article, in addition to getting the basic facts right, it needs to include a lot more. 68.88.237.14 (talk) 16:52, 28 November 2009 (UTC)

It might be worth mentioning that Chalmers is also a Visiting Professor of Philosophy at New York University. I don't have time to update this or any other sections of the article, but this can be easily verified by looking at the faculty page of NYU Philosophy. Shadowice (talk) 00:51, 2 February 2010 (UTC)

Yes I too noticed this article needs plenty of improvement. I have to dust off my Chalmers though to give support to references, so will be returning in a bit. Philosophyfellow (talk) 23:58, 5 November 2013 (UTC)

Issues with the article[edit]

Far too few independent reliable sources, most of this article is written from Chalmers' sources as interpreted by editors. Also, is there really no worthwhile criticism of his work? Dougweller (talk) 14:34, 29 March 2013 (UTC)

I think I fixed the POV problems, but feel free to re-add the POV tag if you disagree. Feel free to add additional criticism of his work if you like, but I think the article is already too long as-is. Rolf H Nelson (talk) 20:50, 17 August 2013 (UTC)

Neutral monism[edit]

I don't think that neutral monism can be count as Chalmers idea (or concept that he introduced in philosophy of mind). Similar view is quite old - it roots go probably to Bertrand Russell, A. J. Ayer and Donald Davidson.--Vojvodae please be free to write :) 12:04, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

I don't see anything in the current Wikipedia article attributing neutral monism to Chalmers. Did the edits you made resolve your issue? Rolf H Nelson (talk) 21:40, 19 January 2014 (UTC)

Toward a Science of Consciousness[edit]

I've added a link to the unreviewed page Toward a Science of Consciousness. If anyone could add to this page, especially to increase notability, I would be very happy. (11:27, 5 March 2014 (UTC)) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2PeterElls (talkcontribs)

Apologies for forgetting to sign. (Peter Ells (talk) 01:07, 6 March 2014 (UTC))

Atheist?[edit]

Any sources for this? (for now I've removed the mention for that). Ben-Natan (talk) 20:07, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

[3], a comment by chalmers on his own blog, is sufficient for such an unremarkable biographical detail, but I'm personally indifferent as to whether to bother including religious affiliation in academic bios. Rolf H Nelson (talk) 23:42, 24 May 2014 (UTC)