So in lieu of doing something useful, here is a list of links to my substantial posts of 2011:
General posts, roughly in date order
- Turtles all the way down: the origins of the myth
- The undergraduate effect and the gravity wells of knowledge
- Time to re-evaluate higher education
- Is reality liberal biased? Are liberals reality biased?
- Religions, cults and wacos
- An education reform
- Goodbye freedom
- What killed Steve Jobs?
- The mind of the ecological engineer
- Attack of the Unlibrarian
- The meaning of Christmas
- Happy Newtonmas
- Darwin Day: Enough already
- On the problem of the problem of evil and Darwin
- The first biological species concept revisited
- Pope on evolution: more of the same teleological thinking
- Is Brian Blessed a monkey or an ape?
- The evolution of common sense on Scientific American – the Scientific American guest blog is here
- Did humans lose dominance?
- Repost: Evolution and truth
- Belief and evolution
- Repost: Wittgenstein, transformation, and evolution
- What should evolutionary psychology comprise?
- Yet another “post-Darwinism” – a review of Shapiro’s book
- Ecological speciation
- The nature of philosophy and its role in modern society
- Descartes before the horse – does information exist?
- Did Synthese bow to Intelligent Design pressure?
- Us, them and the real issue
- Believing and knowing
- Is the soul something we should be agnostic about?
- Rapture and risk
- Why do philosophy of science
- What is philosophy? My most read piece this year.
- Naturalism and investigating the unnatural
- The nature of stochastic events in a block universe
- Science is not a religion, nor does it involve faith
- The false analogy between species and art
- Phylogeny, induction, and the straight rule of homology
- Logic, evolution, and classification
- Modus Darwin and the real modus darvinii
- What is systematics and what is taxonomy?
- Counting species
- The taxonomy of disease
Phenomena, theory dependence and species
- Pattern cladism and the myth of theory dependence of observation
- Species, phenomena and data
- More on phenomena
- Disambiguating the Theory-Dependence of Observation thesis (TDOT)
- Domains and theories in science
- Domains, disciplines and levels
Atheism and agnosticism
- On dictionaries, movements and rhetorical flourishes: “Dictionary atheism”
- Atheism, agnosticism and theism 1: the landscape
- Atheism, agnosticism and theism 2: What it is to have a belief
- Atheism, agnosticism and theism 3: Knowledge claims about gods
- Atheism, agnosticism and theism 4: Existence claims
- Atheism, agnosticism and theism 5: Scope and indexing
- Atheism, agnosticism and theism 6: Conclusion
- On the suspension of belief and disbelief
- Once more into the fray, dear agnostics
- Prescriptions for atheists
- Positivism about agnosticism
- [Agnostic versus atheist chess]
- Can an atheist have a code of ethics?
Rise of the Planet of the Apes and philosophy
- Passing thoughts on Rise of the Planet of the Apes
- Rise of the Planet of the Moralists 1: Introduction
- Rise of the Planet of the Moralists 2: chains and trees
- Rise of the Planet of the Moralists 3: clades and grades
- Rise of the Planet of the Moralists 4: Predicting traits
- Rise of the Planet of the Moralists 5: Social Dominance and Power
Selves and minds
- A sense of self
- The principle of charity, qualia, and philosophy
- Zombies of qualia and intentionality
- Notes on novelty 1: Introduction
- Notes on novelty 2: Historical considerations – Before and after evolution
- Notes on novelty 3: The meaning of evolutionary novelty
- Notes on Novelty 4: Examples – the beetle’s horns and the turtle’s shell
- Notes on novelty 5: evolutionary radiations and individuation
- To be continued…
Holy logorrhoea, Batman! Enjoy. Maybe I should publish Evolving Thoughts as a book.