Archive for February, 2013

Godel on God

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

My previous post refers to some aspects of Godel's famous theorems about incompleteness in mathematics. But since the context which brought them to mind was a posting on an atheist blog it's ironic that Godel believed he had a proof of the existence of God. The irony is compounded by the fact that he was […]

On Expert non-Experts

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

In the discussions following Landon's Guest Post @ยป Butterflies and Wheels (on the value in philosophical training) there is an exchange between Landon and Harald Hanche-Olsen on the question of whether Logic is a branch of Philosophy or Mathematics. I make no claim on logic per se, but the Boolean Algebra which models its basics […]

Does Morality Need Philosophers?

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Ophelia Benson's post on Patricia Churchland's 2011 book 'braintrust' points out that, in contrast to the efforts of Sam Harris and Michael Shermer, Churchland makes a much more modest claim for what she is doing. Indeed Churchland's claim "is not that science will wade in and tell us for every dilemma what is right or […]

To:CRTC Re: SUN "news" Network

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

I do NOT want my cable fees used to pay for biased propaganda that undermines the caring culture that I have chosen to live in (and which, with bad luck, I may one day have to depend on). Those who want this garbage are not prevented from buying it but please do NOT force me […]

Complexity Explorer

Monday, February 11th, 2013

I heard about this Complexity Explorer course via Stephen Downes and have decided to enrol. Our experience always involves a lot of complexity which we typically manage by isolating just a few quantities of interest which are related by compactly expressible relationships. I am curious to see whether "complexity theory" really proposes general methods for […]

Sources of Success

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Alain de Botton Proposes a Kinder, Gentler Philosophy of Success. And at the Atlantic Alexis Madrigal responds to Jack Dorsey on the role of luck (in addition to hard work and genius) in the making of a great success story. Something similar came to mind when I read Ta-Nehisi Coates (also at the Atlantic) discussing […]