John Haugeland died in May, and the University of Chicago has an excellent obituary by Susie Allen. A memorial prize named after Hanneke Jannsen, who also died a while back, is available for masters theses in philosophy.
After Medical Hypotheses published a paper by a HIV-AIDS denier, the editor was sacked. The new editor promises to be a good boy.
You’re Not Helping continues to not help. However, this time I think they have stepped a snark too far. First of all, while it is true that there are a lot of religion branded charities doing good work, it’s rather hard for a view that is a lack of belief to brand itself. Many secular charities do good work too, but they aren’t branded “atheist” because that would be like branding a bookshop “not-sports-playing”, to use a random example. Moreover, I have done some work in charities in the far distant past when I had morals, and I can attest that not everyone who works at a religion-branded charity is religious, and few are actually of the religion itself that holds the brand. Many Salvation Army charities are in fact run by Anglicans, and worse…
just another desdaimon has a nice piece about scientific presuppositions and the supernatural[1,2] and the “nonsense” view that “naturalism” is a faith.
Filosofía, especie y sistemática is a Spanish language site with many English posts about species and systematics. I don’t know if they are a para-site, but the essays are interesting. And they cite the right authors…
Frank Fenner, an immunologist of renown (and someone I have had contact with some years ago) has predicted the end of the human species in a century. That’s way too pessimistic. We will persist so long as the rats and cockroaches, because we are pretty much the same sort of ecological niche occupiers (omnivores who live everywhere). But civilisation? Not so much.
Finally, people have just noticed that creationism is being taught in religious instruction classes in Australian schools. Well duh. If you let the religious teach your children they are going to teach their beliefs, and that category includes the nutbars who reject science. Maybe we should stop religious instruction in state schools and replace all of it with ethics?
1. I wish I had a clever blog title like that.
2. I don’t necessarily agree with everything anyone I link to says, even if I like them.