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  1. Mitch Parsell & Cynthia Townley, Refereed Articles.
    In response to those who have argued the Internet is amoral at best, and an instrument for immorality at worst, we show that the net can provide a forum for genuine ethical engagement and distinctive forms of wrongdoing. Without deriving the moral value of the Internet from its interface with the non-virtual world and in contrast to presentations of the net as an anarchic utopia or as an unethical or amoral dystopia, we apply a substantive moral test to a selection (...)
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  2. Mitch Parsell (2011). Sellars on Thoughts and Beliefs. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 10 (2):261-275.
    In this paper, I examine Wilfrid Sellars’ famous Myth of Jones. I argue the myth provides an ontologically austere account of thoughts and beliefs that makes sense of the full range of our folk psychological abilities. Sellars’ account draws on both Gilbert Ryle and Ludwig Wittgenstein. Ryle provides Sellars with the resources to make thoughts metaphysically respectable and Wittgenstein the resources to make beliefs rationally criticisable. By combining these insights into a single account, Sellars is able to see reasons as (...)
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  3. Mitch Parsell (2010). Reasons, Patterns, and Cooperation. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 88 (2):377-378.
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  4. Mitch Parsell (2009). Quinean Social Skills: Empirical Evidence From Eye-Gaze Against Information Encapsulation. Biology and Philosophy 24 (1):1-19.
    Since social skills are highly significant to the evolutionary success of humans, we should expect these skills to be efficient and reliable. For many Evolutionary Psychologists efficiency entails encapsulation: the only way to get an efficient system is via information encapsulation. But encapsulation reduces reliability in opaque epistemic domains. And the social domain is darkly opaque: people lie and cheat, and deliberately hide their intentions and deceptions. Modest modularity [Currie and Sterelny (2000) Philos Q 50:145–160] attempts to combine efficiency and (...)
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  5. Mitch Parsell (2009). Steven M. Platek, Julian Paul Keenan and Todd K. Shackelford (Eds), Evolutionary Cognitive Neuroscience. Minds and Machines 19 (2):275-278.
  6. Mitch Parsell (2008). Pernicious Virtual Communities: Identity, Polarisation and the Web 2. [REVIEW] Ethics and Information Technology 10 (1):41-56.
    The importance of online social spaces is growing. New Web 2.0 resources allow the creation of social networks by any netizen with minimal technical skills. These communities can be extremely narrowly focussed. In this paper, I identify two potential costs of membership in narrowly focussed virtual communities. First, that narrowly focussed communities can polarise attitudes and prejudices leading to increased social cleavage and division. Second, that they can lead sick individuals to revel in their illness, deliberately indulging in their disease (...)
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  7. Mitch Parsell (2006). The Cognitive Cost of Extending an Evolutionary Mind Into the Environment. Cognitive Processing 7 (1): 3-10.
    Clark and Chalmers (1998) have argued that mental states can be extended outside an organism.
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  8. Mitch Parsell (2005). Book Review. [REVIEW] Minds and Machines 15 (3-4):445-451.
  9. Mitch Parsell (2005). Context-Sensitive Inference, Modularity, and the Assumption of Formal Processing. Philosophical Psychology 18 (1):45-58.
    Performance on the Wason selection task varies with content. This has been taken to demonstrate that there are different cognitive modules for dealing with different conceptual domains. This implication is only legitimate if our underlying cognitive architecture is formal. A non-formal system can explain content-sensitive inference without appeal to independent inferential modules.
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  10. Mitch Parsell (2005). Review of P.O. Haikonen's The Cognitive Approach to Conscious Machines. [REVIEW] Psyche 11 (2).
    Haikonen (2003) is an attempt to explicate a platform for modelling consciousness. The book sets out the foundational concepts behind Haikonen’s work in the area and proposes a particular modelling environment. This is developed in three parts: part 1 offers a brief analysis of the state of play in cognitive modelling; part 2 an extended treatment of the phenomena to be explained; part 3 promises a synthesis of the two preceding discussions to provide the necessary background and detail for the (...)
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  11. Mitch Parsell (2005). The Cost of a Common Good. Philosophy in the Contemporary World 12 (2):68-75.
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  12. Cynthia Townley & Mitch Parsell (2004). Technology and Academic Virtue: Student Plagiarism Through the Looking Glass. [REVIEW] Ethics and Information Technology 6 (4):271-277.
    Plagiarism is the misuse of and failure to acknowledge source materials. This paper questions common responses to the apparent increase in plagiarism by students. Internet plagiarism occurs in a context – using the Internet as an information tool – where the relevant norms are far from obvious and models of virtue are difficult to identify and perhaps impossible to find. Ethical responses to the pervasiveness of Internet-enhanced plagiarism require a reorientation of perspective on both plagiarism and the Internet as a (...)
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