Friday, December 17, 2004

wallis points!

you've probably seen these already if you keep an eye on things emergent, but they really made me chuckle. and then, in the light of certain developments, they made me think... there are wallis points out there to be earned! (if that came out a little slur-ry, it's because my tongue was firmly in my cheek).

though i did figure out (i think) that the 'intentional' in 'post-intentional' is akin to the 'intentional' used in the phrase 'intentional communities'. yeah, that's a lot clearer now.

Monday, December 13, 2004

nothing abides, nothing abides but change

which is both good and bad, depending if you like your circumstances.

some rather heavyweight comments passing back and forth on grommit's rants and pants about post-intentionality.

"Intentionality, originally a concept from scholastic philosophy, was reintroduced in contemporary philosophy by the philosopher and psychologist Franz Brentano in his work Psychologie vom Empirischen Standpunkte. While often simplistically summarised as "aboutness" or the relationship between mental acts and the external world, Brentano defined it as the main characteristic of "psychical phenomena" (psychische Phänomene), by which they could be distinguished from "physical phenomena" (physische Phänomene). Every psychical or mental phenomenon, every psychological act has a content, is directed at an object (the intentional object). Every belief, desire etc. has an object that they are about: the believed, the wanted. Brentano used the expression "intentional inexistence" to indicate the status of the objects of thought in the mind. The property of being intentional, of having an intentional object, was the key feature to distinguish psychical phenomena and physical phenomena, because physical phenomena lack intentionality altogether.

Through the works of Husserl, who took it over from Brentano, the concept of intentionality received more widespread attention in current philosophy, both continental and analytic.

In current artificial intelligence and philosophy of mind it is a controversial subject and thought to be something that a machine will perhaps never achieve."

um, if you see me doing something post-intentionally, do let me know... maybe i'll change.