Philosophy posts

Books I am reading/reviewing

Despite marking scores of essays, after having taught a subject intensive, and preparing various papers, I get to review some ...
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Science outreach: A conversation

From the Freethinkers Blog Con: With PZ Myzer and Aron Ra ...
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How to argue with silly thing believers

The apocalypse in an Orthodox church. Source: Wikimedia [Apologies this took a while; I’ve been rather sick] So, given all ...
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The “developmental hypothesis” of belief acquisition

In the last two posts I have discussed why members of belief-groups have silly beliefs (that is, beliefs that the ...
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Why do believers believe THOSE silly things?

If, as I argued in the last post, believers believe silly things in order to make the community cohere in ...
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Why do believers believe silly things? The function of denialism

Bishop Butler wrote in a sermon in 1729: Things and actions are what they are, and the consequences of them ...
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The discrimination of the age

There are many kinds of undue and harmful discrimination in modern society, all of which collectively tend to privilege a ...
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Natural classification

It occurs to me that I haven’t plugged my own book here. What a failure on my part! It was ...
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The problem with logic

This is Spock, not me… When teaching students critical reasoning it is an article of faith that we should teach ...
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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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