Monthly Archives: July 2011

Philosophy News | The Gettier Problem: A Study

Philosophy News | The Gettier Problem: A Study. I haven’t read this yet, but my take on “Gettier” problems is that they break on the issue of “justified” rather than “belief”. (And further that the break is so obvious that … Continue reading

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Philosophy News | My Philosopher Can Beat Up Your Computer Scientist

Philosophy News | My Philosopher Can Beat Up Your Computer Scientist. Philosophy’s perceived market disrespect (inferiority complex ?) is a reaction to the fact that there is no philosophy credential which predicts any useful skill any more effectively than any … Continue reading

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Faith, Belief, and Unbelief

John S Wilkins of ‘Evolving Thoughts’  is exploring some definitions to facilitate a discussion of the philosophical landscape around the issues of atheism, agnosticism, theism, and so on. One point I took issue with in his first post was his statement … Continue reading

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Here is how people who consider themselves especially rational behave: Person A does something which person B finds discomfiting. She says so and (without identifying A) publishes a request that others refrain from such behaviour. Howls of outrage (mostly anonymous … Continue reading

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Note Sending Shivers through Canada’s Media

Rafe Mair has reproduced at Tyee the resignation note of 24 year old CTV bureau chief Kai Nagata who expresses eloquently why working for a TV “News” program is not what he wants to do.

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Religions, cults and wacos

John S Wilkins’ piece on Religions, cults and wacos reproduces a couple of cartoons from Wiley Miller’s Non Sequitur which make an amusing and important point about the various levels of respect accorded to different words for superstitious belief systems. There … Continue reading

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The Uses of Philosophy

A bit of a coincidence today as John S Wilkins returns to the theme of scientists’ disrespect for philosophy at the same time as Chris Hallquist announces that philosophy is dysfunctional. I suspect that the root of the problem is in … Continue reading

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