Am I My Own Demon?

Embed from Getty Images The problem of the external world is a classic challenge in epistemology (the theory of knowledge). This challenge, which was first presented by the ancient skeptics, is met
Embed from Getty Images The problem of the external world is a classic challenge in epistemology (the theory of knowledge). This challenge, which was first presented by the ancient skeptics, is met [More]

<strong>Emily Bronte's coffin</strong>. The sister most transfixing and impossible to know has long been the victim of yarn-spinning. Was her coffin <em>really</em> only 16 inches wide?

Emily Bronte&#39;s coffin. The sister most transfixing and impossible to know has long been the victim of yarn-spinning. Was her coffin really only 16 inches
Emily Bronte's coffin. The sister most transfixing and impossible to know has long been the victim of yarn-spinning. Was her coffin really only 16 inches [More]

Black-shag tobacco, horse dung, camphor, boiled cabbage, dishwater, body odor: What to make of <strong>George Orwell's olfactory obsessions</strong>?

Black-shag tobacco, horse dung, camphor, boiled cabbage, dishwater, body odor: What to make of George Orwell&#39;s olfactory
Black-shag tobacco, horse dung, camphor, boiled cabbage, dishwater, body odor: What to make of George Orwell's olfactory [More]

<strong>Does terrorism work</strong>? Almost certainly not. But failure does not diminish the ardor of those for whom killing is an end in itself&nbsp;

Does terrorism work? Almost certainly not. But failure does not diminish the ardor of those for whom killing is an end in
Does terrorism work? Almost certainly not. But failure does not diminish the ardor of those for whom killing is an end in [More]

Philosopher of the month: Aristotle

Among the world’s most widely studied thinkers, Aristotle established systematic logic and helped to progress scientific investigation in fields as diverse as biology and political theory. His
Among the world’s most widely studied thinkers, Aristotle established systematic logic and helped to progress scientific investigation in fields as diverse as biology and political theory. His [More]

<strong>Philip K. Dick</strong> made skepticism an art form. His inability to separate reality from fiction, and his certainty that everyone was out to get him, was the wellspring of his work

Philip K. Dick made skepticism an art form. His inability to separate reality from fiction, and his certainty that everyone was out to get him, was the wellspring of his
Philip K. Dick made skepticism an art form. His inability to separate reality from fiction, and his certainty that everyone was out to get him, was the wellspring of his [More]

The founding tenets of modernity &ndash; liberalism, democracy, personal autonomy &ndash; are giving way to a new religion: <strong>Dataism</strong>. Its adherents believe in the triumph of information

The founding tenets of modernity &amp;ndash; liberalism, democracy, personal autonomy &amp;ndash; are giving way to a new religion: Dataism. Its adherents believe in the triumph of
The founding tenets of modernity – liberalism, democracy, personal autonomy – are giving way to a new religion: Dataism. Its adherents believe in the triumph of [More]

The age of <strong>rock'n'roll</strong> began in May 1964, when Louis Armstrong's "Hello, Dolly!" fell from the top of the pop chart. Now it's over. Only nostalgia remains

The age of rock&#39;n&#39;roll began in May 1964, when Louis Armstrong&#39;s &quot;Hello, Dolly!&quot; fell from the top of the pop chart. Now it&#39;s over. Only nostalgia
The age of rock'n'roll began in May 1964, when Louis Armstrong's "Hello, Dolly!" fell from the top of the pop chart. Now it's over. Only nostalgia [More]

Dynamic Choice

[Revised entry by Chrisoula Andreou on September 2, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Sometimes a series of choices do not serve one&#39;s concerns well even though each choice in the series
[Revised entry by Chrisoula Andreou on September 2, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Sometimes a series of choices do not serve one's concerns well even though each choice in the series [More]

Esperanto, chocolate, and biplanes in Braille: the interests of Arthur Maling

The Oxford English Dictionary is the work of people: many thousands of them. In my work on the history of the Dictionary I have found the stories of many of those people endlessly fascinating. Very
The Oxford English Dictionary is the work of people: many thousands of them. In my work on the history of the Dictionary I have found the stories of many of those people endlessly fascinating. Very [More]