Archive for October, 2014

Progress(?) in philosophy: the Gettier case

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

I'm of two minds about this article by Massimo Pigliucci. While I continue to be dismissive of the claim that there is anything of substance in the Gettier examples I can agree that there may be progress in the game of clearly expressing why that is the case. But the role of philosophers in advancing […]

What is “Natural Variability”?

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Briggs is right to complain that "natural variability" is an ambiguous and easily abused term, but what I would be most inclined to use it for is different from either of the usages that he identifies. He notes that some use "natural variability" of a phenomenon (such as some average of temperature measurements) to refer […]

Misreading Statistics

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Briggs, points out a very important real issue here – though I wouldn’t call the confusion between group and individual differences a matter of “exaggeration” exactly. No matter how carefully one tries to express a claim about population differences, the risk of feeding prejudice about individuals is always substantial – so much so that I […]

OneTab shared tabs for 2014-10-06

Monday, October 6th, 2014

OneTab shared tabs.

The Story of a Disaster

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

On reading the comments on this old Tyee article I was struck by one particular exchange which follows a pattern that is sadly all too common. When commenter Chris Abel made the claim that "NOBODY was harmed by radiations at Fukushima" the response by G West included a number of links which were presumably intended […]