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50 words for snow, or conceptual confusion

In a well-known and generally debunked story, Inuit people have around 50 words for snow. Or so the argument by ...
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Species: The evolution of the idea

I have completed and submitted the manuscript now for my revision of Species: A history of the idea, now renamed ...
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Noah’s Ark and the creation of the species rank

This is a section of my forthcoming revision to Species, presented here for comments that I can steal – umm, I mean for ...
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Are species life forms?

This is a section of my forthcoming revision to Species, presented here for comments that I can steal – umm, ...
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The Abstract and the Concrete, or, the Road to Fascism

I was thinking about the way in which the anti-abortionists justify their views. I have always said that “Pro-Life” ...
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A nineteenth century view on classification

The principle upon which I understand the Natural System of Botany to be founded is, that the affinities of plants ...
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Is Physicalism coherent?

In my last post I argued that physicalism cannot be rejected simply because people assert there are nonphysical objects which ...
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Is physicalism an impoverished metaphysics?

Every so often, we read about some philosopher or other form of public intellectual who makes the claim that a ...
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Even more videos by Adam Ford

Adam has caught up with the remainder of his interviews with me and put them on Facebook. Once more I ...
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Some more videos

Adam Ford has added some more of the short videos he did with me a couple of weeks ago. I ...
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Wilkins on demarcation

Continuing Adam Ford's series of me as a talking head: ...
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Wilkins on philosophy of science

As part of the Science Week activities that informed the last few posts, I will be giving a brief introduction ...
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Genes – the language of God 0: Preface

This will be a series of posts for a secondary school seminar run at St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne during ...
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Philosophical works that inspired me

I have been mulling over the philosophical works that were of most influence upon me when I was developing into ...
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