Philosophy posts

New Philosophy of Biology Forum

Run by Matt Haber at Utah, it’s a forum for discussions of work in progress, student matters like employment, tech ...
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Journalists and scientists – an antimatter explosion?

What happens when you put journalists in contact with scientists? To hear some people tell it, it results in an ...
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Einstein’s Credo

At the end of August 1932 Einstein wrote “My Credo” in Caputh. The original text was written in German. At ...
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“Species” in the Stanford Encyclopedia updated

Marc Ereshfsky’s entry on “Species” in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has been updated, though not to remove the classic ...
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The kangaroo is the first organism, but the fungus is not the biggest

So the record for the “world’s largest organism” has again been claimed for a fungus, something Stephen Jay Gould wrote ...
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Sunday sermon: part of the in-crowd

The world is divided, runs the old joke (which I heard when it wasn’t so old), into two kinds: those ...
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What is an Agnostic? by Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell, a leading philosopher in his prime, was also a wonderful writer. And, it appears, many of my views ...
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Rorty has died

The Leiter Report has a brief obit. Richard Rorty was a significant thinker, although I must say that what I ...
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Philosophy is to science, as ornithologists are to birds: 3. Science is a Dynamic Process

In this post, I want to propose my own view, or rather the views I have come to accept, about ...
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Philosophy is to science, as ornithologists are to birds: 2. Two topics of philosophy of science

Philosophy of science deals largely with two general topics: Metaphysics and Epistemology. These are general topics of philosophy, and in ...
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Philosophy is to science, as ornithologists are to birds: 1. Introduction

This three-part series is a talk I gave a while back to some ecologists and molecular biologists. It is a ...
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Reed Elsevier accepts criticism, drops arms support

Well blow me down and call me a dishmop. Reed Elsevier, who I recently criticised for running arms exhibitions while ...
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