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John Pickering, BSc DPhil (Associate Tutor)

John Pickering

 

Interests:

Cognitive science, especially, embodiment, enaction, consciousness and preconscious processes; The limits to artificial intelligence, artificial life and the limits to the integration of information technology into human condition; Why Transhumanism is more tedious than dangerous; The legacy of Freud and Jung; Semiotics, Biosemiotics and especially the work of Jacob Von Uexkull and Jesper Hoffmeyer; Process philosophers, especially A.N. Whitehead, Henri Bergson and C.S. Peirce; Making a critical synthesis of process thought Deleuze and Merleau-Ponty; Constructive postmodernism as it applies to science and psychology; Eastern systems of psychological thought, especially Buddhism; Ecopsychology and Deep Ecology, especially the work of Arne Naess, David Abram and Gary Snyder.

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Representative Publications:

  • Pickering, J. (2022) Whitehead, Biosemiotics and Value. In Nature in Process, edited by Davis, A.M., Teixeira, M-T and Schwartz, W.A.. Process Century Press, Anoka, Minnesota.

  • Pickering, J. (2022) Eastern Traditions, Western Science and Whitehead. In Process Cosmology: New Integrations in Science and Philosophy, edited by Davis, A.M., Teixeira, M-T and Schwartz, W.A.. Palgrave Macmillan, Springer Nature.

  • Pickering, J. (2019) Natural, Un-Natural and Detached Mimicry. Biosemiotics, 12:115 – 130. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12304-018-9335-x

  • Pickering, J. (2017) Self-Description Alone Will not Account for Qualia. In New Horizons for Second-Order Cybernetics, edited by by Riegler, A., Muller, K and Umpleby, S. A.. World Scientific. DOI: 10.1142/9789813226265_0031

  • Pickering, J. (2016) Is nature habit-forming? In Consensus on Peirce‚Äôs concept of habit: Before and beyond consciousness, edited by West, D. and Anderson, M.. New York: Springer.

  • Pickering, J. (2011) Indian Psychological Thought In the Age of Globalisation. In Foundations of Indian Psychology, Edited by Cornelisson, M.. Delhi: Pearson Educational Press. ISBN:978-81-317-3084-3