Below are sets of essays I published on different sites.

ask a philosopher


Here are my contributions to the wonderful site Ask a Philosopher, coordinated by Geoffrey Klempner. (Most recent on top. If you are a professional philosopher and wish to lend a bit of your time to the initiative, contact Geoffrey directly).

Philosophy Now

Philosophy Now

A collection of my articles for the excellent Philosophy Now magazine. (Most recent on top. Please note that many of these articles are behind paywall; you can either subscribe to the magazine or download them from my DropBox folder, link at the top of the page.) All entries are available for download here.

  • The Philosopher, The Priest, & The Painter
  • Philosophy and the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Are There ‘Other’ Ways of Knowing?
  • What Hard Problem? (of consciousness)
  • The Ajax Dilemma
  • On Naturalism
  • Testing My Own Morality
  • Reflective Equilibrium
  • Doctor Who and Philosophy
  • Mathematical Platonism
  • What Darwin Got Wrong (not much)
  • On Xenophobia
  • The Evolution of Evolutionary Theory
  • (scientific) Hypotheses? Forget About It!
  • Crossing The Divide (between the Two Cultures)
  • The Old and The New (in the study of philosophy)
  • Is Science Going To End?
  • A Transcendental Philosophy of Science?
  • Philosophy, Science, And Everything In Between
  • Fieldnotes From The Borderlands (between science and philosophy)
  • What is a Thought Experiment, Anyhow?
  • Is Ethics a Science?
  • Wittgenstein Solves (Posthumously) the Species Problem
  • What is Philosophy of Science Good For?
  • The Alleged Fallacies of Evolutionary Theory
  • Philosophizing about the Mind
  • The Ethics of Tit-for-Tat
  • Design, Yes. Intelligent, No.


The Philosophers’ Magazine Online

Entries in my column at The Philosophers’ Magazine Online, confusingly entitled “Footnotes to Plato.” (Most recent on top.)

Skeptical Inquirer

Skeptical Inquirer

A collection of my articles for the excellent Skeptical Inquirer magazine. (Most recent on top. Please note that many of these articles are behind paywall; you can either subscribe to the magazine or download them from my DropBox folder.)

  • The virtuous skeptic
  • Artistic provocations from skeptical inquirers: an exhibit.
  • Science and Skepticism, the Big Picture
  • Futurology
  • Evidence in Science
  • The Epistemology of Thought Experiments
  • The Epistemology of Thought Experiments
  • Demarcation and Pseudoscience
  • Truth, Part II
  • Truth, Part I
  • Mathematical Explanations and Degrees of Impossibility
  • Whose Burden of Proof?
  • The Proper Role of Sociology of Science
  • Physicists against Philosophers
  • Singularity As Pseudoscience
  • What’s So Bad about Ad Hoc Hypotheses?
  • Explanations in Search of Observations
  • Being Reasonable about Neuroscience
  • Psychoanalysis and Social Constructivism
  • Human Nature
  • Turing Test for Human Beings
  • Hume vs. Rousseau: The Limits of Human Reason
  • The Hopeless War against Intelligent Design Creationism
  • On Miracles–Again
  • Personal Genomics: The Fine Line between Science and Narcissism
  • Popper vs. Kuhn: The Battle for Understanding How Science Works
  • The Science of Unique Events
  • The Problem with Neurosexism
  • On Time Travel
  • Climate Denialism
  • Is There a Difference between Basic and Applied Science?
  • The Moral Duty of a Skeptic
  • Logophobia
  • On the Moon
  • Hard and Soft Science: Physics vs. Psychology
  • The Tree of Life
  • Experimental Philosophy, an Oxymoron?
  • The Brain on Justice
  • Alternative Science
  • Creationist Peer Review
  • Toward a Consilience of Sciences and Humanities?
  • Is Intelligent Design Creationism?
  • Beyond Selfish Genes
  • The Trouble with Memetics
  • Is Dawkins Deluded? When Scientists Talk About Religion
  • Can There Be a Science of Free Will?
  • Is There Such a Thing as Macroevolution?
  • Evolutionary Epistemology, Anyone?
  • The Neuro-philosophy of Regret
  • One More Take on Reductionism vs. Holism
  • When Philosophy Matters
  • Is Physics Turning into Philosophy?
  • Is Evolutionary Psychology a Pseudoscience?
  • Planet X and the Issue of Definitions in Science
  • Just the Facts, Ma’am: Empirical vs. Rationalist Approaches to Understanding
  • The Power and Perils of Metaphors in Science
  • Are the Historical Sciences Sciences?
  • The So-called Gaia Hypothesis
  • Do Extraordinary Claims Really Require Extraordinary Evidence?
  • Piltdown and How Science Really Works
  • And the Mechanism Is …
  • Design Yes, Intelligent No: A Critique of Intelligent Design Theory and Neocreationism
%d bloggers like this: