Philosophy posts

Does life exist?

Life, I believe, is what physics does on one particular planet on a Wednesday. More exactly, it is a series ...
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What is “nature”?

Many critics of science, including Christian philosophers like Alvin Plantinga and William Lane Craig,attack something they call “naturalism”, the view ...
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My book is published

See the book at the right entitled The Nature of Classification? According to the website you go to when you ...
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Why anti science?

Over the past few decades there has been an increasingly negative attitude by governments, pundits, religiosi and faux philosophers against ...
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AAHPSSS site now up

The Australasian Association for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science now has a permanent and updateable website, courtesy ...
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The origin of “intelligent design” in the 18th and 19th centuries

A question asked on the talk.origins group by reader Garamond Lethe led me to do some reading and writing, which ...
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Are species theoretical objects?

[Note: this is a paper that has sat in my drawer for a while now. I am posting it to ...
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Articles of faith: The theological and philosophical origins of the concept of species

It takes a while for the implications of one's own work to sink in. In my 2009 book Species, a ...
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On knowing the rules

The reader may have become aware of some examples of sexual harassment on the interwubs lately. I do not propose ...
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Henry Gee’s book “The Accidental Species”

I have three rules in life. One is, Never get into a land war in Asia. The second is, Locate ...
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Are emotions 2D?

I recently became aware that there is a new development in emotion classification. Previously, as far as I knew, emotions ...
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Will brains be downloaded? Of course not!

Every so often somebody or other will assert that one day we will achieve immortality by downloading our brains into ...
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Ooh! Shiny!

Just got the draft cover art of my new book with Malte Ebach: I designed the logo myself… clever, hey? ...
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Is history a science? Creationists don’t think so

I received a query by email recently from Jennifer, an MD. Dear Dr. Wilkins, I'm wondering if you had the ...
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Are smarter people irreligious or just nonconformists?

There's been a lot of discussion around the traps that studies show repeatedly that those who are atheists or otherwise ...
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Finding the narrative

New York Times ex-science journalist Virginia Heffernan has said that she is a creationist, because she prefers the narrative of ...
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Scientists and history

Recently, historian of medicine Edward Shorter made the following comment [follow link for a good discussion]: Historians aren’t as interested [in ...
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Humans are the only animals that…

Psychologist Daniel Gilbert once wrote on the unwritten vow taken by psychologists: Few people realise that psychologists also take a ...
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Are humans just animals?

Yesterday I heard on the radio a discussion by neuroscientist turned philosopher Raymond Tallis, who was arguing that humans are ...
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Jobs for Philosophers and PhilJobs to merge!

For non American graduates or those too poor to subscribe to the American Philosophical Association, the publication Jobs for Philosophers has ...
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