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April 25, 2017
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Blog Update: Things are going fairly well here at the blog, though lately we’ve been posting a bit less than usual. Fortunately, that hasn’t stopped our traffic from picking up. As of today (April 26, 2017) we are closing in on 300k hits! Over the past 3 months we’ve seen our largest flow of traffic […]

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Philosopher-Scientists, Scientist-Philosophers and Philosopher- Philosophers: An Exercise in Futurology

April 17, 2017
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Futurology comprises the study of possible futures and, as such, it is a cheap thing: it does not require much to speculate about how things can be in the years to come. Futurology also produces inaccurate predictions most of the time, which could render this post useless. Nevertheless, here I am concerned with the future […]

Cognitive Dissonance and Philosophy

April 5, 2017
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I want to first give credit to the authors of “Mistakes Were Made (but not by me)” – Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson. Their talk of cognitive dissonance and the metaphor of the ‘pyramid of choice’ has inspired my comments below. Although the ideas in this book have obvious ramifications for psychology, psychotherapy, political science, […]

Teaching as a Grad Student: Logic mid-Semester

March 13, 2017
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This is the third installment of our occasional series: Teaching as a Grad Student. In the first installment, I discussed preparing to teach for the first time, as well as my first couple of weeks teaching logic. In the second installment, Alison discussed her experiences teaching philosophy of science. We’re just past the half-way point […]

Goldilocks, Bad Company and some Slippery Fish

February 28, 2017
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No this isn’t a terrible (amazing?) fairy tale. And no, the title isn’t (just) badly thought out clickbait. The Bad Company problem, the Goldilocks problem and the Problem of Fishiness are all problems I’m writing about in my dissertation. More specifically, the overarching idea is to look at ways of solving the Bad Company problem. […]

On Hope, Truth, and Lying

February 1, 2017
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The Trump administration is, for those of us concerned with improving our world, more disturbing than any I have encountered. It’s not that Trump will necessarily make things worse than G.W. Bush, who started two wars, or Ronald Reagan, who began our slide into a society of increasing inequality, or even Barack Obama, who persecuted […]

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Eichmann at the Border

January 30, 2017
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TIME writer Charlotte Alter reported a brief exchange between an American citizen and a U.S. border patrol officer. When U.S Citizen asked a border patrol supervisor why they detained his fiancé, the answer was: “just following orders.” #muslimban — Charlotte Alter (@CharlotteAlter) January 29, 2017 Twitter is not a venue conducive to nuance, careful and […]

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