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Scientism is a Non-Threat: Considering Susan Haack and the Role of Philosophy

October 16, 2017 by

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“The school is in financial crisis,” reports a friend and emeritus professor as I take my seat at the table in the back corner of a campus coffee shop and bookstore. We meet monthly with the frequency and punctuality expected from five philosophers: every six weeks, 15 minutes late. Professor Haack greets readers with just […]

Why is natural better? Or if it isn’t, why do people keep telling me that it is?

August 29, 2016 by

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 [Caution: this reads like a rant from an old curmudgeon, and so it may be helpful to you to just go ahead and imagine me sitting in my rocking chair on my front porch shouting out rhetorical questions…] Anyone who’s cared to listen to me over the last several years will know that I am […]

On Breed Specific Legislation, Public Safety, and Why The Research Matters

July 16, 2016 by

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There is recent nation-wide attention to animal control issues concerning dogs in Canada.  The target is “pit bulls” or dogs with traits that resemble particular characteristics of breeds included in this generic term.  One common response to serious dog bites and maulings is to lobby for a ban of particular breeds by enacting Breed Specific […]

The Science-Pseudoscience Demarcation Problem

October 14, 2015 by

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Physics, Determinism, and Possible Worlds

November 5, 2014 by

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A recent post on the IFL Science page (which I happen to like very much) discusses a new interpretation of quantum physics that was developed by a team led Howard Wiseman of Griffith University in Australia. The team recently published this paper, first authored by Michael Hall, which suggests that Quantum theory is deterministic and that all possible worlds […]

A Defence of Philosophy

October 19, 2014 by

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There is a very nice article/interview in the Observer with Rebecca Newberger Goldstein about her latest book Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away, in which philosophy is defended very well. I particularly like the characterization of philosophy as `increasing coherence.’  I would very much like to see what people have to say […]

Ignoble Prize Highlights at Choice & Inference

September 24, 2014 by

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The winners of the  2014 Ignoble prize have been published! Here are some highlights over at Choice & Inference. The full list is here. Enjoy.