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Philosophers

Mortimer Adler
Rogers Albritton
Alexander of Aphrodisias
Samuel Alexander
William Alston
Anaximander
G.E.M.Anscombe
Anselm
Louise Antony
Thomas Aquinas
Aristotle
David Armstrong
Harald Atmanspacher
Robert Audi
Augustine
J.L.Austin
A.J.Ayer
Alexander Bain
Mark Balaguer
Jeffrey Barrett
William Barrett
William Belsham
Henri Bergson
George Berkeley
Isaiah Berlin
Richard J. Bernstein
Bernard Berofsky
Robert Bishop
Max Black
Susanne Bobzien
Emil du Bois-Reymond
Hilary Bok
Laurence BonJour
George Boole
Émile Boutroux
F.H.Bradley
C.D.Broad
Michael Burke
Lawrence Cahoone
C.A.Campbell
Joseph Keim Campbell
Rudolf Carnap
Carneades
Nancy Cartwright
Gregg Caruso
Ernst Cassirer
David Chalmers
Roderick Chisholm
Chrysippus
Cicero
Randolph Clarke
Samuel Clarke
Anthony Collins
Antonella Corradini
Diodorus Cronus
Jonathan Dancy
Donald Davidson
Mario De Caro
Democritus
Daniel Dennett
Jacques Derrida
René Descartes
Richard Double
Fred Dretske
John Dupré
John Earman
Laura Waddell Ekstrom
Epictetus
Epicurus
Austin Farrer
Herbert Feigl
Arthur Fine
John Martin Fischer
Frederic Fitch
Owen Flanagan
Luciano Floridi
Philippa Foot
Alfred Fouilleé
Harry Frankfurt
Richard L. Franklin
Bas van Fraassen
Michael Frede
Gottlob Frege
Peter Geach
Edmund Gettier
Carl Ginet
Alvin Goldman
Gorgias
Nicholas St. John Green
H.Paul Grice
Ian Hacking
Ishtiyaque Haji
Stuart Hampshire
W.F.R.Hardie
Sam Harris
William Hasker
R.M.Hare
Georg W.F. Hegel
Martin Heidegger
Heraclitus
R.E.Hobart
Thomas Hobbes
David Hodgson
Shadsworth Hodgson
Baron d'Holbach
Ted Honderich
Pamela Huby
David Hume
Ferenc Huoranszki
Frank Jackson
William James
Lord Kames
Robert Kane
Immanuel Kant
Tomis Kapitan
Walter Kaufmann
Jaegwon Kim
William King
Hilary Kornblith
Christine Korsgaard
Saul Kripke
Thomas Kuhn
Andrea Lavazza
Christoph Lehner
Keith Lehrer
Gottfried Leibniz
Jules Lequyer
Leucippus
Michael Levin
Joseph Levine
George Henry Lewes
C.I.Lewis
David Lewis
Peter Lipton
C. Lloyd Morgan
John Locke
Michael Lockwood
Arthur O. Lovejoy
E. Jonathan Lowe
John R. Lucas
Lucretius
Alasdair MacIntyre
Ruth Barcan Marcus
James Martineau
Storrs McCall
Hugh McCann
Colin McGinn
Michael McKenna
Brian McLaughlin
John McTaggart
Paul E. Meehl
Uwe Meixner
Alfred Mele
Trenton Merricks
John Stuart Mill
Dickinson Miller
G.E.Moore
Thomas Nagel
Otto Neurath
Friedrich Nietzsche
John Norton
P.H.Nowell-Smith
Robert Nozick
William of Ockham
Timothy O'Connor
Parmenides
David F. Pears
Charles Sanders Peirce
Derk Pereboom
Steven Pinker
Plato
Karl Popper
Porphyry
Huw Price
H.A.Prichard
Protagoras
Hilary Putnam
Willard van Orman Quine
Frank Ramsey
Ayn Rand
Michael Rea
Thomas Reid
Charles Renouvier
Nicholas Rescher
C.W.Rietdijk
Richard Rorty
Josiah Royce
Bertrand Russell
Paul Russell
Gilbert Ryle
Jean-Paul Sartre
Kenneth Sayre
T.M.Scanlon
Moritz Schlick
Arthur Schopenhauer
John Searle
Wilfrid Sellars
Alan Sidelle
Ted Sider
Henry Sidgwick
Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
J.J.C.Smart
Saul Smilansky
Michael Smith
Baruch Spinoza
L. Susan Stebbing
Isabelle Stengers
George F. Stout
Galen Strawson
Peter Strawson
Eleonore Stump
Francisco Suárez
Richard Taylor
Kevin Timpe
Mark Twain
Peter Unger
Peter van Inwagen
Manuel Vargas
John Venn
Kadri Vihvelin
Voltaire
G.H. von Wright
David Foster Wallace
R. Jay Wallace
W.G.Ward
Ted Warfield
Roy Weatherford
C.F. von Weizsäcker
William Whewell
Alfred North Whitehead
David Widerker
David Wiggins
Bernard Williams
Timothy Williamson
Ludwig Wittgenstein
Susan Wolf

Scientists

David Albert
Michael Arbib
Walter Baade
Bernard Baars
Jeffrey Bada
Leslie Ballentine
Gregory Bateson
John S. Bell
Mara Beller
Charles Bennett
Ludwig von Bertalanffy
Susan Blackmore
Margaret Boden
David Bohm
Niels Bohr
Ludwig Boltzmann
Emile Borel
Max Born
Satyendra Nath Bose
Walther Bothe
Jean Bricmont
Hans Briegel
Leon Brillouin
Stephen Brush
Henry Thomas Buckle
S. H. Burbury
Melvin Calvin
Donald Campbell
Sadi Carnot
Anthony Cashmore
Eric Chaisson
Gregory Chaitin
Jean-Pierre Changeux
Rudolf Clausius
Arthur Holly Compton
John Conway
Jerry Coyne
John Cramer
Francis Crick
E. P. Culverwell
Antonio Damasio
Olivier Darrigol
Charles Darwin
Richard Dawkins
Terrence Deacon
Lüder Deecke
Richard Dedekind
Louis de Broglie
Stanislas Dehaene
Max Delbrück
Abraham de Moivre
Paul Dirac
Hans Driesch
John Eccles
Arthur Stanley Eddington
Gerald Edelman
Paul Ehrenfest
Manfred Eigen
Albert Einstein
George F. R. Ellis
Hugh Everett, III
Franz Exner
Richard Feynman
R. A. Fisher
David Foster
Joseph Fourier
Philipp Frank
Steven Frautschi
Edward Fredkin
Lila Gatlin
Michael Gazzaniga
Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen
GianCarlo Ghirardi
J. Willard Gibbs
Nicolas Gisin
Paul Glimcher
Thomas Gold
A. O. Gomes
Brian Goodwin
Joshua Greene
Dirk ter Haar
Jacques Hadamard
Mark Hadley
Patrick Haggard
J. B. S. Haldane
Stuart Hameroff
Augustin Hamon
Sam Harris
Ralph Hartley
Hyman Hartman
John-Dylan Haynes
Donald Hebb
Martin Heisenberg
Werner Heisenberg
John Herschel
Basil Hiley
Art Hobson
Jesper Hoffmeyer
Don Howard
William Stanley Jevons
Roman Jakobson
E. T. Jaynes
Pascual Jordan
Ruth E. Kastner
Stuart Kauffman
Martin J. Klein
William R. Klemm
Christof Koch
Simon Kochen
Hans Kornhuber
Stephen Kosslyn
Daniel Koshland
Ladislav Kovàč
Leopold Kronecker
Rolf Landauer
Alfred Landé
Pierre-Simon Laplace
David Layzer
Joseph LeDoux
Gilbert Lewis
Benjamin Libet
David Lindley
Seth Lloyd
Hendrik Lorentz
Josef Loschmidt
Ernst Mach
Donald MacKay
Henry Margenau
Owen Maroney
Humberto Maturana
James Clerk Maxwell
Ernst Mayr
John McCarthy
Warren McCulloch
N. David Mermin
George Miller
Stanley Miller
Ulrich Mohrhoff
Jacques Monod
Emmy Noether
Alexander Oparin
Abraham Pais
Howard Pattee
Wolfgang Pauli
Massimo Pauri
Roger Penrose
Steven Pinker
Colin Pittendrigh
Max Planck
Susan Pockett
Henri Poincaré
Daniel Pollen
Ilya Prigogine
Hans Primas
Henry Quastler
Adolphe Quételet
Lord Rayleigh
Jürgen Renn
Juan Roederer
Jerome Rothstein
David Ruelle
Tilman Sauer
Jürgen Schmidhuber
Erwin Schrödinger
Aaron Schurger
Sebastian Seung
Thomas Sebeok
Claude Shannon
David Shiang
Abner Shimony
Herbert Simon
Dean Keith Simonton
B. F. Skinner
Lee Smolin
Ray Solomonoff
Roger Sperry
John Stachel
Henry Stapp
Tom Stonier
Antoine Suarez
Leo Szilard
Max Tegmark
Libb Thims
William Thomson (Kelvin)
Giulio Tononi
Peter Tse
Francisco Varela
Vlatko Vedral
Mikhail Volkenstein
Heinz von Foerster
Richard von Mises
John von Neumann
Jakob von Uexküll
John B. Watson
Daniel Wegner
Steven Weinberg
Paul A. Weiss
Herman Weyl
John Wheeler
Wilhelm Wien
Norbert Wiener
Eugene Wigner
E. O. Wilson
Stephen Wolfram
H. Dieter Zeh
Ernst Zermelo
Wojciech Zurek
Konrad Zuse
Fritz Zwicky

Presentations

Biosemiotics
Free Will
Mental Causation
James Symposium
 
Information Philosophy Institute

In the Fall of 2017 I completed the design and building of my own iTV-Studio in the conference room, with the goal of delivering weekday online lectures on philosophy, physics, and other topics for the rest of my life.

The studio streams live to CCTV in Cambridge and to both YouTube and Facebook. Between November and January I delivered fifty online lectures. But the conference room became too hot for webcasting as the weather turned warm. I thought of a new heating/cooling system, maybe also insulating the walls (good for sound isolation).

I turned back to writing my fourth book, on Albert Einstein, "My God, He Plays Dice!," with the goal of publication by my 82nd birthday in June, 2018. I completed several more chapters and developed many new insights into Einstein's thought, notably that the observable universe may contain only a finite amount of information. A finite volume contains only a finite number of particles of matter and energy. A finite volume also contains only a finite number (but a number increasing rapidly with universe expansion) of energy-accessible phase-space cells ℏ3.

Einstein suspected that the mathematical continuum, with its infinite number of infinitesimal points, might not be the best description of a finite number of discrete particles. His contemporary mathematicians, Richard Dedekind, Leopold Kronecker, Herman Weyl, L.E.J. Brouwer, and even David Hilbert, thought that infinities and infinitesimals might simply be human ideas. Material particles really exist. A theoretical field may also be simply a human idea. Perhaps, Einstein worried, his unified field theory may be just a "castle in the air?"

Einstein himself had shown that the continuous ether did not exist, but he feared that his general relativity was restoring a continuous gravitational field!

I put a lot of energy, time, and money into a pre-release screening of Olivier Wright's PSI film at MIT on April 4,2018, hosting my colleagues in the free will debates, Dan Dennett, Bob Kane, and Alfred Mele.

But then the newly elected president of the Harvard Crimson, Derek Xiao, accepted my standing offer to build an iTV-Studio for the Crimson, modeled on my own conference room, with six cameras and two media computers. My grandson Carter and his associate Austin Dugas put the new Crimson studio together in a matter of weeks in the basement of the Crimson building, next door to their 4-color press.

I next turned back to the Einstein book for several weeks. Beyond the goal of getting Einstein credit for so many of the basic concepts in quantum mechanics, I began to see how his view of an "objective" and "local" reality might explain some of the great quantum mysteries, like entanglement and the two-slit experiment.

But I then became totally distracted by the design and building of an Information Philosophy Institute. I thought I might demolish a number of my garages next door to put up a new building with four guest visitor offices, along with a new sound-isolated iTV-Studio, a lecture space, and a screening room. I engaged a construction firm, who began with an architect and lawyer that cost several thousand dollars but who made little progress toward the goal of a new building.

Sadly, the idea of a new building was too ambitious and simply was not to be.

Instead I settled for remodeling the basement of 77 Huron Avenue with a smaller boiler room, an expanded workshop, offices for a sound-isolated iTV-Studio with a screening room, offices for visiting colleagues, a remodeled bath, an expanded kitchenette, and new entrances at front and rear. This would also serve as a modest repository and archive of my inventions as well as my philosophical research.

The cellar had become cluttered with my work designing and building a dozen multi-camera iTV-Studios, several in briefcases, the iTV-Van, and the two room-size systems. The cellar foundation walls were leaking, flooding the floors with inches of standing water when it rained heavily. The old horsehair plaster and drop-down ceilings produced a lot of dust and dirt. Rugs on the rec room floor were stained and dirty. Floors above were sagging, perhaps because of termite damage years ago? The old steam heating system took up lots of space and overhead steam pipes were in the way everywhere.

My grandchildren were no longer using the pool table and pinball machines. My daughter-in-law had a sewing area and small exercise space, but the cellar was cold in the winter months. A new heating system could add radiators there.

I interviewed several contractors and finally found an excellent one. He filed for building permits, one for remodeling the first floor bath next to our guest room, and another for the basement remodel. He got the first, but not the second, which was delayed for months. See my design and building plans and progress here.

With basement remodeling on hold, I went back to the Einstein book, and by year end had my fifth draft. Writing had begun in August 2015 and I finally uploaded the print book to Amazon in February, 2019.

Serious work on the basement renovation began then, after a meeting with Cambridge Zoning commissioner Rangit SInganayagam, who approved the building permit when he saw the plans for improving my workspaces were not an attempt to add a new apartment.

I had been hoping the new offices would be finished by my 83rd birthday in mid-June. But final inspection was only completed in late August.

I am now designing solar energy for my flat roof, so I can charge my first electric car (Tesla Model 3) directly from the sun and "off the grid."

I plan to cover the old black EPDM roof (which has not leaked for years since Holly and I patched it) with a white PVC membrane and the latest solar panels with microinverters. I began to research solar panels and PVC roofs intensely.

The new roof and solar panels are now postponed until 2020. They need to be done in the same year.

Here is the current floor plan of the IΦI (I-Phi) institute studio offices.

And here are some panoramic photos of the different rooms.

The new screening room and archive of inventions

The front office/studio with new driveway entrance/stairway

From the front to the back of the control room.

From back office/guest room door, bath, kitchenette, a peek into the archive/museum, and door to front guest room/office.

The new workshop

Front Studio

Front Studio through window

Back Studio

Back Studio through window

Conference Room and iTV-Studio
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