Columns

Below are sets of essays I published on different sites.


ask a philosopher

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 access them by becoming a patron at my new site.)

  • 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.

TPM

The Philosophers’ Magazine Online

Entries in my column at The Philosophers’ Magazine Online, confusingly entitled “Footnotes to Plato.” (Most recent on top.) TPM is one of the best publications devoted to public understanding of philosophy, and well worth the price of subscription.


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 access them by becoming a patron at my new site.)

  • 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
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