The Return of the Linking Dead

Return-of-the-living-dead-movie-poster-small.jpgCan philosophers use the iPad? Hell, yes. Of course, we would say that, wouldn’t we? Also, check out this TeX for Philosophy site.

Is this when journalism lost its moral compass? When it stopped calling torture “torture”? Well, not really, no. It has always been morally bankrupt, and mythopoeic.

Was Bertrand Russell a eugenicist?

Did Plato hide a message in plain sight? Thony investigates and brings it back to Galileo. Jay Kennedy’s argument that there are numerical codes in the Platonic dialogues is uncannily similar to a view presented by my old lecturer, John Bigelow, but John’s is better argued and defended, I think. He thinks, if I read him correctly, that Plato was breaking the Pythagorean exoteric circle in a guarded fashion.

Kevin Zelnio has an excellent and rewritten post on how grant reviews are retarding science. Not news to those in the field, I think, but thoughtful.

Bowdlerising Shit My Dad Says, at Language Log.

Warp speed, Captain Cook… Australia is tectonically active.

Cartoon science history… yes, even in physics.

16 thoughts on “The Return of the Linking Dead

      1. I thought a Categorical Imperative was such that you ought do it not for gain or reward, or something. I reckon you might be getting a bit of reward or enjoyment from your Mac.

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      2. As a jingoistic banana bender once said: “Please explain!”

        I didn’t think Categorical Imperatives where empirical thingies. I thought that they were obvious on first blush. (Forgive my ignorance as I’ve only read about them via Mackie and I’ve drank a lot of beer since then.)

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      3. I hope you don’t think I have been using that term correctly here… I always sacrifice accuracy for a bad pun or a cheap joke.

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  1. Did anyone doubt that Australia was tectonically active? I mean, Newcastle earthquake. Lots of tremors in Victoria over recent years. Monaro uplift. The newer volcanics (which the article mentions) that stretch from north of Melbourne (where I live) down through western Victoria (where I grew up) to the border with South Australia. Just a few examples.

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    1. Nobody who has been paying attention thought that. Hence, journalists did not know this, and repeat the myth all the time.

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      1. Fair enough. I don’t consider myself very plugged in or whatever, but it seems like one would have to be wilfully blind to not notice such things happening.

        I meant was an is tectonically active too in the above.

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