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50 words for snow 4; species

All classificatory terms are impossible of exact definition. Their use always has and always will depend upon the consensus of ...
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Species: The evolution of the idea

My revised book is now titled Species: The evolution of the idea, and now contains a philosophy section as well as ...
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50 words for snow: addendum 3a, or what counts as sociocultural?

Jim Harrison made the following comment on the last post: … I have trouble understanding how you distinguish the s ...
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50 words for snow 3: what are phenomena?

If experienced observers are trained to observe natural phenomena in their environment, pace the “interference” of cultural accidents, what is it ...
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50 words for snow 2: or, the economics of cultural categories

Humans evolved in a world where knowing whether an animal was an antelope or a lion was essential for their ...
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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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