Do some inductions require a necessary first cause?

Suppose that we’ve observed a dozen randomly chosen ravens and they’re all black. We (cautiously) make the obvious inference that all ravens are black. But then we find out that
Suppose that we’ve observed a dozen randomly chosen ravens and they’re all black. We (cautiously) make the obvious inference that all ravens are black. But then we find out that [More]

Is Philosophy Relevant in an Age of Science?

Criticizing philosophy has become de rigueur even among (former) philosophers these days. The main gist of these criticisms is that philosophy hasn't and can't keep up with the hard sciences in the knowledge-acquisition game. Our friends over at the Institute of Art and Ideas (IAI) took this problem to the debate floor in a recent video.
Criticizing philosophy has become de rigueur even among (former) philosophers these days. The main gist of these criticisms is that philosophy hasn't and can't keep up with the hard sciences in the knowledge-acquisition game. Our friends over at the Institute of Art and Ideas (IAI) took this problem to the debate floor in a recent video. [More]

Visions of Science

Introduced in 1833, the term “scientist” had grubby connotations. Natural philosophers thought deeply and wrote elegantly, scientists were data crunchers…
Introduced in 1833, the term “scientist” had grubby connotations. Natural philosophers thought deeply and wrote elegantly, scientists were data crunchers… [More]

Science Is Not About Certainty

Has science forsaken philosophy? Moving beyond data and certainty, ancient scientists like Anaximander built a vision of the world…
Has science forsaken philosophy? Moving beyond data and certainty, ancient scientists like Anaximander built a vision of the world… [More]

Science of the Mind

A new science of the mind that links evolutionary theory and neurology will transform everything. The intellectual landscape today? No, the 1890s…
A new science of the mind that links evolutionary theory and neurology will transform everything. The intellectual landscape today? No, the 1890s… [More]

Science & Self-Identity

The assuming an authority of dictating to others, and a forwardness to prescribe to their opinions, is a constant concomitant of this bias and corruption of our judgments. For how almost can it be
The assuming an authority of dictating to others, and a forwardness to prescribe to their opinions, is a constant concomitant of this bias and corruption of our judgments. For how almost can it be [More]

Einstein, the celebrity

If the clouds hadn’t cleared above Principe on May 29, 1919, Einstein would be just another physicist…
If the clouds hadn’t cleared above Principe on May 29, 1919, Einstein would be just another physicist… [More]

The Robots of Deon

The United States military has expressed interest in developing robots capable of moral reasoning and has provided grant money to some well-connected universities to address this problem (or to at
The United States military has expressed interest in developing robots capable of moral reasoning and has provided grant money to some well-connected universities to address this problem (or to at [More]

Drone Ethics is Easy

When a new technology emerges it is not uncommon for people to claim that the technology is outpacing ethics and law. Because of the nature of law (at least in countries like the United States) it
When a new technology emerges it is not uncommon for people to claim that the technology is outpacing ethics and law. Because of the nature of law (at least in countries like the United States) it [More]

Talking Points & Climate Change

While science and philosophy are supposed to be about determining the nature of reality, politics is often aimed at creating perceptions that are alleged to be reality. This is why it is generally
While science and philosophy are supposed to be about determining the nature of reality, politics is often aimed at creating perceptions that are alleged to be reality. This is why it is generally [More]