Posted by on Mar 23, 2007 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments


Just back from Brighton. Got to say I can’t remember enjoying a research conference as much as this one. Well done all (apart from the Metropole staff member who called the police at the sight of the Liberationist leafleteers…). Some really excellent papers, excellent presentations, conversations and giggles…and the odd drink or two.

But especially, Kevin and Neil, the conference chairs.

Considered thoughts later. Rest now


  1. hugh macleod
    March 25, 2007

    Hey Mark, what’s your email?
    Ping me at
    Be nice to hook up one of these days….

  2. Mark Earls
    March 25, 2007

    Great. Let’s do it soon. Am in London til Easter weekend…

  3. Nick Buckley
    March 28, 2007

    Hi Mark. It was my first conference and I enjoyed it too – I hope future ones live up to it. I particularly enjoyed your presentation – just as well since Mike Cooke and I quoted you with gusto in our own piece. A couple of things struck me, on the theme of dusting down my PhD Philosophy from 25 years ago. The fact that you have to explain what you do about brain scans etc – means that there’s a whole generation who’ve missed out on the ‘Grandmother Neurone’ argument etc from the 80s – that is, the idea that mental states are emergent, functional, contextual and all that. The medical physics has just improved the resolution of the picture – but maybe also created the myth of micro-location of discrete mental states. Second, and more generally, it made me think that there’s a whole generation that’s missed out on Ludwig Wittgenstein! Then I thought, “no – you were just lucky enough to get to spend time on all that, Nick”, there’s just a generation of researchers who didn’t have to bother about Wittgenstein in order to do their job. But that’s what makes them vulnerable to simplistic versions of the neuro-science. Anyhow – thanks for sparking some of my own neural pathways – back to philosophy in the 80s – and for making me realise that this stuff is now useful in the mainstream as opposed to in my hand-written notebooks. I’d love to meet up some time and do some joint-thinking. or any of the contact stuff below. (The VOX blog’s only just getting going though).

  4. Mark Earls
    March 28, 2007

    Glad to have stimulated…. Let’s do it.