So I’m at the Philosophy of Biology at Dolphin Beach 4 meeting in southern New South Wales. Some sort of a political erection (did I get that right?) occurred last night, and some people were either very happy or very sad; I couldn’t tell. But the talks are excellent, in particular one on my own field of expertise, by Joeri Witteveen on typological thinking. Also, Michael Weisberg’s paper on the origins of chirality was great fun. I am a sad, sad man, when talks involving chemical diagrams are fun.
Here’s a nice video showing why clocks would evolve if the parts had an affinity and they were selected for accuracy. Turn off the sound as they do horrid things to Coldplay’s song “Clocks”.
It’s a privilege not to have to apologise for atrocities perpetrated by your co-ethnics. Why kind of a privilege? Why, a white Christian privilege.
More philosophy links
The ten best philosophy papers of 2009. One of them is by my friend Rachel Briggs, who is Very Clever.
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has some new and excellent articles, and some revised ones: Chance and Randomness; George Santayana; Tarski’s Truth Definitions; Feminist Epistemology and Philosophy of Science; Folk Psychology as a Theory; and a stellar piece on Otto Neurath, one of the most underappreciated philosophers of his time. He invented ideograms, those little icons used to identify everything from toilets to children crossing the road, among other things.