Brain, Time and Cosmos
Mark F. Sharlow on Philosophy, Science and Culture
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NOTE: My two blogs are no longer online. However, almost all of their content is still available in a PDF archive of my blogs.
My first blog, The Unfinishable Scroll, had posts about science, philosophy, politics, and other interesting things.
The most controversial part of my blog is The Anti-Dawkins Papers, a set of posts critiquing Richard Dawkins' atheistic book The God Delusion. This critique was not meant as a criticism of all forms of atheism. I just wanted to point out the weaknesses in Dawkins' book. After I posted this critique, a few of Dawkins' followers started spreading false information about my background and work. Follow this link to get the real information. (Incidentally, if you think I must be a supernatural theist because I disagree with Dawkins, you need to think again. Read my other writings on religion before deciding what I believe or disbelieve.)
Besides The Unfinishable Scroll, I had a second blog named Religion: the Next Version. That blog presented my thoughts about what religion could be.
The PDF archive of my blogs is here. This includes almost all of the posts.
The list below gives links to the papers and essays on this site. All of these papers and essays are in HTML or PDF formats. Writings too informal to be papers are marked as "essay," "notes," or the like.
This list doesn't include the papers I published in peer reviewed journals. For these, see the Publications page. This list also doesn't include Sharlow's Scratchpad, which is the area where I keep notes and drafts that are too tentative for the main part of the site.
This site also contains a guide document that summarizes my philosophical views and gives links to most of my writings sorted by subject. That document is a good place to start if you want to know what I've said about some particular topic.
Now for the list...
Consciousness and Mind
Philosophy of Science
Some of my writings are available as PDF ebooks. Click here for the details.
My book From Brain to Cosmos explored some philosophical questions about consciousness, time and existence from a new vantage point. The book is now out of print. Most of it is available on this site. Click here to learn more.
In case you're wondering about my background, I'm primarily a chemical physicist by training (Ph.D. in chemistry with a dissertation in statistical thermodynamics), but most of my research has been in philosophy. My dissertation research was in an area of chemical physics with known philosophical implications. Before my doctorate, I earned a bachelor's degree with a double major in physics and philosophy, followed by a masters' degree in biochemistry. My research has been published in peer reviewed journals in philosophy, physics and chemistry. Since I received my Ph.D., I've been a college instructor, a scientific computer programmer, and an independent writer and scholar.
Here are some of my past and present research interests, in no particular order. For detailed information, please consult my publications list, my online papers, my book and ebooks, and the rest of the page that you are now reading.
Contact me at: msharlow AT usermail DOT com
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Page updated 8/4/2013. Page updated later to reflect removal of blogs. Note added in 2022.
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