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There are a lot of folk who think they have a handle on how to communicate science to the general public, and a lot of folk, mostly scientists, who think nobody else does. But I was reading Carl Zimmer’s twittering today, about Rebecca Skoot getting a column gig for a new magazine devoted to issues…

On civil disagreement

I am rather old fashioned, which is unsurprising since most of what I read dates from before the invention of the transistor. But I think that one can disagree with someone else without needing to call him an idiot: This is exactly why idiots like Matthew Nisbet, who continually call for reining in of harsh…

Truisms 6

Truism 6: Apart from physical kinds like basic particles, everything is in flux Scholia: If we know things, we know them as temporary objects. An “object” is thus something within which change doesn’t trigger a change of equivalence class. We know changing things by knowing the rate of change, and the rates of change in…

Truisms 5

Truism 5: One is only required (by our language games) to justify moral claims one or two levels Scholium*: Justifying moral claims is a language game in Wittgenstein’s sense, but only in a philosophical language game do we justify the justifications. That is why many people prefer to make God the source of morality. Scholium:…