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Category archives for Philosophy

Immanuel Kant Song (video)

Listen to my SciBlings Janet and Pal,MD discuss scientific and medical ethics:

Eric Schwitzgebel, Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside, and Fiery Cushman, a psychology post-doc at Harvard, are conducting an online experiment which involves comparing philosophers’ and non-philosophers’ responses to questions about moral dilemmas. They got plenty of philosophers to do the experiments, but they need more non-philosophers for…

The Human & The Humanities

From The National Humanities Center: The National Humanities Center will host the third and final conference on “The Human & The Humanities,” November 13 – 15, 2008, once again attracting scientists and humanities scholars to discuss how developments in science are challenging traditional notions of “the human.” Events will begin on the evening of November…

Alex, Dan and John Wilkins have wise things to say about metaphors in biology, Big Biology and a recent article by Sir Paul Nurse.

John Wilkins is in Arizona attending a Philosophy of Biology conference (another one of those “I wish I could be there” things) and liveblogging the whole thing: When philosophers really embarrass themselves Liveblogging the conference: Mishler Liveblogging the conference: Piotrowski Liveblogging the conference: Jim Griesemer Liveblogging the conference: Bill Wimsatt Liveblogging the conference: Stephen Peck…

The Hopeless Monster? Not so fast!

Olivia Judson wrote a blog post on her NYTimes blog that has many people rattled. Why? Because she used the term “Hopeful Monster” and this term makes many biologists go berserk, foaming at the mouth. And they will not, with their eye-sight fogged by rage, notice her disclaimer: Note, however, that few modern biologists use…

Cool new Open Access Journal

From Sage Ross, via John Lynch come exciting news about a new Open Access Journal – Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science Spontaneous Generations is a new online academic journal published by graduate students at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto. The…

Animal Cognition

Thanks to John Wilkins, I want to point you to an excellent review on the current state of research (both scientific and philosophical) in Animal Cognition.

Theory and Practice

First: the difference between theory and practice. Second: the theory. Third: still to come, I hope, a YouTube video of Steinn demonstrating the practice of parallel parking.