Some more videos

Adam Ford has added some more of the short videos he did with me a couple of weeks ago. I list them below. I might add that what missed the edit with respect to the Bayesianism versus frequentism video is that “This is not my field but I will give it my best shot”…

Bayesianism versus frequentism in epistemology

Scientific realism

Politics and Science

Maps and territories

Have fun. Criticisms welcomed, but understand I was doing all this ex tempore and without prior preparation.

3 thoughts on “Some more videos

  1. Good videos – all six of them.

    In some ways, this is clearer than your writing. I’m getting a better idea of what you really think because of the informality of the presentation.


  2. Like Neil I am enjoying the videos but I had a situational response to the last one, could do with some clear and sustained writing on the issues using a historical approach, particularly pre Locke and enlightenment debate on the issue of abstract ideas and the species problem.

    Rather nice thesis on a late 17th century philosopher using a historical approach to genre and species issues, that’s now rather easy to get hold of.

    Really helps to put Lord Monboddo in the context of his time and the wider cultural context of Scottish Humanism and its response to Locke.

    Strongly recommend it, would love too see more on late 17th century species issues.

    Its a massive subject as I think you have to approach these things contextually and the contexts are multiple, feel rather out of my depth, starting to become more aware of the scale of such undertakings and how much work is required.


  3. I use “structural realism” in a somewhat different (and more traditional) sense. I think it comes from Schlick, via the Tractatus. It’s the view that once one has entirely set forth the relations in a theory, there is nothing left to know. The structure is all–any “content” is not actually communicable. It’s discussed in some detail by Russell and Putnam (vial Lowenheim-Skolem) as well.

    Not sure where your usage comes from.

    Walter Horn


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