Is there identity after mental illness?

When I got sick, I experienced many changes and also losses. Because of anti-depressants, I was unable to shed a tear for two whole years. For a while, I lost my ability to read and to write. Because of the seriousness of my condition, I was unable to process text, which previously constituted my world. …

The puzzle of religious experience

When we use reason to think about religious experience, we are led a certain way. But when we use common ordinary sense or intuition to think about religious experience, we are led down quite a different path. I wonder what others think about this; should we use reason, or should we use intuition when thinking …

Letter to the editor

http://www.todayonline.com/voices/mental-illness-did-not-pull-trigger Letter as printed in Today Voices: In the wake of the recent shootings in Newtown, it is easy to point a finger at mental illness, alleging that since the gunman was said to have Asperger’s Syndrome, then he was pre-disposed to commit such an act. From this, it has been concluded that either society …

Foreign talent doing research in Singapore

On the face of it, it seems that not enough Singaporeans have the skill sets and experience to pursue research and development projects in Singapore. Perhaps this is because Singaporeans in general do not have a culture, which promotes the pursuit of research- Singaporeans have a pragmatic approach to life and to work. In the …

Does Singapore exploit Batam?

Singapore has a highly developed economy. It is the world’s wealthiest nation by GDP per capita. As a leader in economic growth in the region, it will also lead in terms of how others model their policies regarding governance and economy. It therefore seems worthwhile to contemplate Singapore’s role in labour restructuring the region. In …

Underdetermination

In this essay, I describe, using examples, what I call intrinsic and non-intrinsic underdetermination. I distinguish between underdetermination as it is commonly used in philosophy of science, with underdetermination in a broader sense, which encompasses issues in the philosophy of language, philosophy of art, and philosophy of perception. Understood in this broader sense, I show …

The Mind-dependence of psychosis: properties of hallucinations and delusions

A long standing problem in the philosophy of mind concerns the subjective indistinguishability of hallucinations and normal perception. Macbeth’s phenomenal perception of the dagger cannot be differentiated from a normal phenomenal perception of a dagger. So there seems to be no way in which we can tell abnormal perception from normal perception. (Are hallucinations subjectively …