Philosophy posts

The March for Science – my thoughts in interview

Hi folks. Sorry for the delay in writing. I have been revising my book, and all the creative juices are ...
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Whately on species

Given the mythology that species were defined by essences prior to Darwin found in nearly every textbook, I find this ...
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Species Rewrite

I'm thinking of doing a rewrite of Species: A History of the Idea. Do my readers have any suggestions or ...
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A new (and apparently excellent) book on species concepts

We interrupt our ordinary transmission to note the forthcoming publication of an excellent (based on what I can read online) ...
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The History of Life: Aristotle’s explanations

Causes Aristotle is (in)famous for his four causes, although they are better thought of as types of explanations. They are ...
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The History of Life: Aristotle – Underlying philosophy

Plato’s pupil, and later Alexander the Great’s tutor, Aristotle was born in Stagira in Macedonia in 384 BCE (died 322 ...
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The History of Life: Before Aristotle 3 – The Four Elements

The Four Elements (Empedocles) Empedocles (ca. 495–435 BCE), who lived in Sicily, was influenced both by the Pythagoreans and Parmenides (in his poem ...
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Evopsychopathy series in PDF

I have converted my series on Evolutionary Psychology and Sociobiology to a handy PDF. Feel free to download it or ...
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The History of Life: Before Aristotle 2 – The Eleatics and the atomists

I will be passing over many philosophers, such as Heraclitus ("everything flows”) only because they said nothing of great influence ...
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The History of Life: Before Aristotle 1 – the Milesians and monism

Normally in the history of philosophy the earliest Greek thinkers are referred to as “pre-Socratics”, but in biology, the first ...
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The History of Life: Nature versus Humanity

Before there was a literate, and philosophical, historical record, humans existed at least some 80,000 years. Around 12,500 years ago ...
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My latest publication

Book ReviewMetasciencepp 1-4 First online: 15 June 2016 Drawing the tree of life J. David Archibald: Aristotle’s ladder, Darwin’s tree: ...
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Is the brain a computer?

There is an ongoing debate over whether or not our brains are computers lately (against | for). This is an ...
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Secular Calvinism

Australia is one of the most secular of developed nations. At the last census, 22% of people marked “No religion” ...
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Hang on – I’m getting an idea

So, it's been a while. My brain went into recess while my finances collapsed, I changed jobs and generally got ...
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The place of religion in democratic secular countries

There is a religion which oppresses women, which is enthusiastically adopted by marginalised groups, which hates democracy and which has ...
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Is Physicalism coherent?

In my last post I argued that physicalism cannot be rejected simply because people assert there are nonphysical objects which ...
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Is physicalism an impoverished metaphysics?

Every so often, we read about some philosopher or other form of public intellectual who makes the claim that a ...
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On tribalism

Humans evolved in tribes, our species’ equivalent of the general primate troop structure. This meant that members of the tribe ...
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Even more videos by Adam Ford

Adam has caught up with the remainder of his interviews with me and put them on Facebook. Once more I ...
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