Philosophy posts

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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That concludes the God and Evolution Series

That's all I will post for now on God and Evolution. Here is the list of posts: 1.Introduction 2.The problem ...
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God and evolution 6: Is Darwinism atheism?

Many Christians and Muslims, and to a lesser extent Jews, think that Darwinian evolution requires or implies atheism, a charge ...
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God and Evolution 5: The problem of chance

Many religious thinkers hold that chance is the enemy of God. God is omniscient in many theisms, and so if ...
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Evolution quotes: The context of arguments

105. All testing, all confirmation and disconfirmation of a hypothesis takes place already within a system. And this system is ...
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God and evolution 4: The problem of Purpose B

Providence and plans The problem for theists is that most theisms assume that God has a plan. This is sometimes ...
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God and evolution 3: The problem of purpose A

The problem of purpose When Darwin published the Origin, he was lauded by his Christian friend and correspondent Asa Gray, ...
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Latest developments on the Synthese affair

Readers will recall that a couple of years ago, Synthese published a special issue on evolution that carried a scandalous ...
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God and evolution 2: The problem of creation

Objections to evolution from the particular perspective of religion come in three forms: the problem of creation, the problem of ...
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