The War on Reason

Study after study shows that unconscious attitudes hold sway over us. But academic journals don’t offer a representative picture of how we act…
Study after study shows that unconscious attitudes hold sway over us. But academic journals don’t offer a representative picture of how we act… [More]

The case for blunders

Theories, being provisional, are often proved untrue. They’re also indispensable to the advance of science. Freeman Dyson praises wrong ideas and false trails…
Theories, being provisional, are often proved untrue. They’re also indispensable to the advance of science. Freeman Dyson praises wrong ideas and false trails… [More]

Defining Our Gods

The theologian Alvin Plantinga was interviewed for The Stone this weekend, making the claim that Atheism is Irrational. His conclusion, however, seems to allow that agnosticism is pretty reasonable,
The theologian Alvin Plantinga was interviewed for The Stone this weekend, making the claim that Atheism is Irrational. His conclusion, however, seems to allow that agnosticism is pretty reasonable, [More]

Why Do We Ask Why?

Several of the essays in The Puzzle of Existence argue, in one way or another, that no non-trivial answer can be given to those who ask why there is something rather than nothing. This may be
Several of the essays in The Puzzle of Existence argue, in one way or another, that no non-trivial answer can be given to those who ask why there is something rather than nothing. This may be [More]

Science and art

Proust was not a neuroscientist, Jane Austen was not a game theorist, and the two-cultures problem isn’t a problem. William Deresiewicz explains…
Proust was not a neuroscientist, Jane Austen was not a game theorist, and the two-cultures problem isn’t a problem. William Deresiewicz explains… [More]

Owning Intelligent Machines

While truly intelligent machines are still in the realm of science fiction, it is worth considering the ethics of owning them. After all, it seems likely that we will eventually develop such
While truly intelligent machines are still in the realm of science fiction, it is worth considering the ethics of owning them. After all, it seems likely that we will eventually develop such [More]

Scientific ideas to be retired

Old notions – about art, addiction, love, truth – are not easily cast off. But it’s time to clear some detritus: What idea is ready for retirement?…
Old notions – about art, addiction, love, truth – are not easily cast off. But it’s time to clear some detritus: What idea is ready for retirement?… [More]

The Daily Owl 9-27-2013

Nothing equals the ignorance of the modern philosophers in matters of science, except the ignorance of modern scientists in matters of philosophy. (Gilson)
Nothing equals the ignorance of the modern philosophers in matters of science, except the ignorance of modern scientists in matters of philosophy. (Gilson) [More]

The Daily Owl 9-15-2013

I realized that it was necessary, once in the course of my life, to demolish everything completely and start again right from the foundations if I wanted to establish anything at all in the sciences that was stable and likely to last. (Descartes)
I realized that it was necessary, once in the course of my life, to demolish everything completely and start again right from the foundations if I wanted to establish anything at all in the sciences that was stable and likely to last. (Descartes) [More]