Philosophy posts

Apes and evolution in the news

So there are a couple of interesting developments about fossil apes. One is the retraction by the author of the ...
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Linnaeus: the founder of databases

A couple of years ago I was in Exeter, and was chatting to Staffan Müller-Wille, who is an expert in ...
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The Demon Spencer

When I first started to read philosophy and history I heard about this demon. His name was Herbert Spencer, and ...
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Laws and explanation in history

One of the critical pieces on the philosophy of history was published as Laws and Explanation in History in 1957 ...
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Objecting to the prevailing tide

My friend and costudent of Gareth Nelson, Malte Ebach, persists in his campaign to bring some clarity to evolutionary and ...
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When do species begin?

Last night I attended a talk by Alexander Bird of Bristol on the metaphysics of natural kinds. I confess that ...
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Who’s responsible?

Also, it seems that one only is motivated by religion if one is not Christian. By Dan Mathewson ...
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Alien life in Phoenix

I find Paul Davies, the physicist who gets quoted on everything, really annoying sometimes. This is one of those times ...
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What is a philosopher?

Before you all go making rude comments, go read this post by Michèle Lamont at Crooked Timber and especially the ...
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The doctrine of double truth

Somewhere on the internecks, I engaged in a discussion of the origins of the “double truth” theory. I wish I ...
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Another ID knockdown, by Sarkar

Intelligent design (ID) is perhaps the most widely-discussed non-idea of all time. There seem to be three reasons why real ...
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A Code of Conduct for Effective Rational Discussion

Beneath the fold, I have stolen some text that lists 12 principles that make intellectual argument possible. In turn, this ...
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Homeopathy is dereliction of a duty of care

In a rather upsetting case in Australia, two Indian homepathic parents (I do not mean that they parented by diluting ...
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The Times purveys some science myths

This is just bad reporting and scholarship. Probably done to fill some space in a hurry or something. Hannah Devlin ...
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Quetelet and the origin of statistical and population thinking

Adolphe Quetelet is a much overlooked figure in the history of scientific methodology: he marked that populations had distributed properties ...
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I have moved the Basic Concepts in Science post

At the last blog, ET2, I maintained a “Basic Concepts in Science” post. At WordPress, I can have pages (i.e., ...
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Catching up, deeply breathing, summarising

So while I have lots to do, lots happens (and when I have little to do, nothing noteworthy happens and ...
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Why should abortion be a matter of public policy?

Something I don’t get, possibly because I’m a white male, is why we should pay any attention in the public ...
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How many ways can you make a logical mistake?

A while back I got interested in the various taxonomies of fallacies, such as the Fallacy Files, each giving their ...
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What I have been doing lately, and why

It seems like only yesterday that we moved to these new digs, when in actual fact it’s a few days ...
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