Here it is, our regular Friday diet of suggested readings for the weekend: What to do with a simple-minded ruler, medieval edition. Among the many excuses public figures make when they screw up, “I misspoke” is among the worst. Apparently,… Read More ›
Twentyone years ago physicist Alan Sokal perpetrated his famous hoax at the expense of the postmodernist journal Social Text. It was at the height of the so-called “science wars” of the ’90s, and Sokal, as a scientist fed up with… Read More ›
Time to resume our discussion of Julian Baggini’s The Edge of Reason. After having looked at chapters 1, 2, and 3, we move on to 4, on the lives of the mind. Here Baggini takes up another myth about philosophy,… Read More ›
Here it is, our regular Friday diet of suggested readings for the weekend: Penrose keeps discussing consciousness, everyone else keeps not understanding what he’s talking about.
I have just spent three delightful days at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for theoretical biology in Vienna, participating to a workshop of philosophers and biologists on the question of how to think about causality, especially within the context of the… Read More ›
Here it is, our regular Friday diet of suggested readings for the weekend: Has China become Africa’s overlord? The Left and Liberalism, a conversation.
Here it is, our regular Friday diet of suggested readings for the weekend: Why the phrase “late Capitalism” is suddenly everywhere.
As is well known, we officially live in an era of post-truths and alternative facts. Even though we have arguably always lived in it, to an extent, the current cultural and political climate has moved even scientists, a group of… Read More ›
Here it is, our regular Friday diet of suggested readings for the weekend: John Oliver explains the issue of gerrymandering. The problem with celebrity profiles.
Book Club: The Edge of Reason, ch. 4, lives of the mind
May 22, 2017
Book Club: The Edge of Reason, ch. 3, rationality and judgment
April 24, 2017
Book Club: The Edge of Reason, ch. 2, science for humans
April 3, 2017
The Extended Evolutionary Synthesis and causality in biology
May 15, 2017
Socrates: ancient Humanist?
January 30, 2017
Why do irrational beliefs mimic science?
January 2, 2017