Author Archives: Coral Waters

About Coral Waters

"To me it suffices to wonder at these secrets and to attempt humbly to grasp with my mind a mere image of the lofty structure of all that there is." -Einstein

Natural: Redux.

I need to make an alteration to the post below.  I give the impression that evolution involves teleology or agency on the part of the individual. There is no active adaptation in evolution, no moment when an animal thinks ” if … Continue reading

Posted in Feminism, Philosophy. | Leave a comment


Recently, I was involved in a conversation about gender roles. Someone raised the idea that certain things are more “natural” for men and women because of our evolutionary history. I think the general point they were trying to make was … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“Good and evil are names…

“Good and evil are names for what people do, not what they are. People are too complex to be given such simple labels”

– Phillip Pullman.


Needs no explanation. Continuing theme from previous post.


Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“Words, words! They’re all we have to go on!”

In the post below I fell into the same trap many psychologists and writers do when talking about behaviour. I describe people as being introverted and extroverted.  In reality, there is no such thing as an introvert or an extrovert. … Continue reading

Posted in Philosophy., Psychology, Rants. | Tagged | Leave a comment

The Neuroscience of Introversion.

I recently read “The Introvert Advantage” by Marti Olsen Laney. The best chapter of the book by far was entitled “The Emerging Brainscape” which discusses the known physiological differences between introverts and extroverts. Though the book as a whole was … Continue reading

Posted in Psychology | Tagged , | 10 Comments

Metaphor: The Psychoanalytic Equivalent to McDowell’s Philosophy of Perception? Part One- Spaces.

This idea has been building within me for months. Here I will sketch it crudely, quickly, but hopefully not too inaccurately. I believe that McDowell’s model of perception can help us understand how the unconscious mind interacts with the conscious … Continue reading

Posted in Metaphor, Philosophy., Psychology | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Intuition: The Black Box.

 A friend of mine said the other day that intuition is a justifier. Having an intuitive feeling that an idea is true, he says, gives you a reason to believe it. For example, I might have an intuition that humans have … Continue reading

Posted in Rants. | Leave a comment