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Sorry about the comment spam that keeps appearing. I’m deleting it every morning and evening, and we’re using a spam filter that has already caught nearly 2,500,000 spam comments, but it
Sorry about the comment spam that keeps appearing. I’m deleting it every morning and evening, and we’re using a spam filter that has already caught nearly 2,500,000 spam comments, but it [More]

Love, Voles & Kant

In my previous essay I discussed the current theory that love is essentially a mechanical matter. That is, what we regard as love behavior is merely the workings of chemistry, neurons and genetics.
In my previous essay I discussed the current theory that love is essentially a mechanical matter. That is, what we regard as love behavior is merely the workings of chemistry, neurons and genetics. [More]

Press Release: "The Deepest Human Life: An Introduction to Philosophy for Everyone" (Chicago, April 2014)

Press release on an upcoming book by Scott Samuelson. This new introduction to philosophy is written for everyone, not just academics. Samuelson explores the thought of history's most impactful thinkers to bring philosophy to us an accessible and personal way.
Press release on an upcoming book by Scott Samuelson. This new introduction to philosophy is written for everyone, not just academics. Samuelson explores the thought of history's most impactful thinkers to bring philosophy to us an accessible and personal way. [More]

Philosophy Changes the Business World: Huffington Post

Another article on how philosophy can be practical and useful in the business world. “…philosophy has proved itself to be not only relevant but often the cornerstone of great innovation. Philosophy and entrepreneurship are a surprisingly good fit. Some of the most successful tech entrepreneurs and innovators come from a philosophy background and put the critical thinking skills they developed to good use launching new digital services to fill needs in various domains of society. Atlantic contributor Edward Tenner even went so far as to call philosophy the ‘most practical major.’” [More]

Young Educated Poor Childless Males: The Philosophical Profile Survey Analysis on Demographics

Who are you? In this report, Philosophy News's data analyst Andy Carson looks at data from the survey many of you have taken and attempts to draw some conclusions. The results may surprise you!
Who are you? In this report, Philosophy News's data analyst Andy Carson looks at data from the survey many of you have taken and attempts to draw some conclusions. The results may surprise you! [More]

Education & Negativity Bias

In general, people suffer from a wide range of cognitive biases. One of these is known as negativity bias and it is manifested by the tendency people have to give more weight to the negative than to
In general, people suffer from a wide range of cognitive biases. One of these is known as negativity bias and it is manifested by the tendency people have to give more weight to the negative than to [More]

Aging Action Heroes

When I first saw Unforgiven, I was struck by the scene in which Clint Eastwood is seeing how well he can still shoot. After missing repeatedly, he switches to a shotgun. Since I was relatively young
When I first saw Unforgiven, I was struck by the scene in which Clint Eastwood is seeing how well he can still shoot. After missing repeatedly, he switches to a shotgun. Since I was relatively young [More]

Can people be genuine epistemic peers?

[this is cross-posted in NewApps] In Louise Antony’s thought-provoking interview, Gary Gutting asked her about the rationality of her atheism if she were confronted with a theist who is an epistemic
[this is cross-posted in NewApps] In Louise Antony’s thought-provoking interview, Gary Gutting asked her about the rationality of her atheism if she were confronted with a theist who is an epistemic [More]

Academic Freedom vs Academic Justice

Sandra Y.L. Korn has proposed dispensing with academic freedom in favor of academic justice. Korn begins by presenting the example of Harvard psychology Professor Richard Hernstein’s 1971 article
Sandra Y.L. Korn has proposed dispensing with academic freedom in favor of academic justice. Korn begins by presenting the example of Harvard psychology Professor Richard Hernstein’s 1971 article [More]

Fifty Genders of Facebook

Facebook now offers its members to select from among 50 genders. These include the old school heterosexual genders as well as the presumably Spinoza inspired pangender. Since I am awesome gendered,
Facebook now offers its members to select from among 50 genders. These include the old school heterosexual genders as well as the presumably Spinoza inspired pangender. Since I am awesome gendered, [More]