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‘Moral molecules’ – a new theory of what goodness is made of | Psyche Ideas

My comment on ‘Moral molecules’ – a new theory of what goodness is made of | Psyche Ideas was as follows: The idea of trying to identify various moral positions as combinations of just a few basic elements is interesting. … Continue reading

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Can Things be Racist?

One can, of course, change the meaning of words, but it may be counterproductive to expect that others will understand and agree. In Some medical devices don’t mean to be racist, but they are | Psyche Ideas, the authors say … Continue reading

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Is Success Luck or Hard Work? – YouTube

I like this guy’s videos and certainly endorse the ideas expressed in this one: But despite his byline he sometimes puts slickness ahead of veritacity and the bit about the astronaut selection model is unfortunately misleading. In the model both … Continue reading

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Can Virtuality ever substitute for Reality?

The animatronic moose twitched the skin of its flank, and as the flies buzzed off, water drops dripped from the hairs on its belly. Four days into a seven day circuit of the Bowron Lakes, we were in a swampy … Continue reading

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Another Rant About “scientism”

Quora: Alan Cooper’s answer to What is scientism? Why was Lewis against it? The word “scientism” by its structure should refer to the belief system of a scientist, but it has been dishonestly appropriated by a bunch of religious philosophers … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Time for Socialism,’ by Thomas Piketty – The New York Times

According to the New York Times’ Book Review of ‘Time for Socialism,’ by Thomas Piketty , Piketty calls for a “universal capital endowment” for all citizens beginning at birth, funded by taxes on wealth and inheritances. and Though provocative, none … Continue reading

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Rediscovering Hegel

Rediscovering Hegel is not something I particularly want to do. But I did find this article quite interesting and it struck me as a good example of what I can appreciate about academic Philosophy. I do enjoy considering how people … Continue reading

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Equality in Education

I am in favour of building a society in which all children have equal access to an education that meets their particular needs. But this does not mean that all of those needs are the same. Having basically taken myself … Continue reading

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Transcribing Speech of the Oppressed

I was actually a bit creeped out by the excessively phonetic transcription in this harrowing account that was reproduced by Cheryl Brown in Quora’s ‘Black History & Politics’ section. Commenter Linda Keres Carter shared this feeling and started an interesting thread … Continue reading

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The Hostage Exchange is welcome (and overdue)

Of course, as the CBC reports  The timing of the releases of Meng, and Spavor and Kovrig, show China clearly saw a connection between the two, several diplomats and foreign policy experts told CBC News. “China … up until now, has … Continue reading

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Why doesn’t philosophy progress from debate to consensus? | Aeon Essays

Source: Why doesn’t philosophy progress from debate to consensus? | Aeon Essays My first thought on this article was to be puzzled by the idea that Molyneux problem is not trivial. Surely any person handling and feeling a sphere will … Continue reading

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The world can learn from South Africa’s ideal of nonracial democracy | Aeon Essays

Challenging perspectives (|and contrary comments) on a deeply painful situation that provides a reflects our own – albeit in a strongly distorting mirror. Source: The world can learn from South Africa’s ideal of nonracial democracy | Aeon Essays

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(239) If two more particles bond together to make a bigger particle, what happens to their wave functions? – Quora

The quantum state of a system of two particles is represented by a vector in the tensor product of their individual sate spaces.This is made up of linear combinations of products of state vectors (including integrals as well as finite … Continue reading

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My words may have meaning, your parrot’s may too.

A recent essay by Stephen Law in Psyche Ideas, entitled My words have meaning, your parrot’s do not. Wittgenstein explains, is forcing me into yet another diatribe in my ongoing love-hate relationship with “philosophy”. A slogan often associated with the … Continue reading

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Plastic Peril

From strangled seabirds to trapped turtles to the giant floating island and the discovery of nano-particles in the flesh of the fish we eat, we are all aware of the horrors of widely distributed plastic waste, and so it is … Continue reading

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The Village Green

My friend John Butler is back in fine form churning out issues of his wonderful newsletter on a regular basis. His latest issue is a blockbuster – full of interesting, and sometimes challenging, content. It starts with an account of … Continue reading

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What About a Truly Progressive Wealth Gain Tax?

The idea of a minuscule 1% Wealth tax has been promoted recently, but what I think would be better is a truly progressive tax on all wealth gains regardless of source – whether it be through employment income, capital gains, … Continue reading

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What is Murder?

It’s in the last minute and a half of this video that the doctor testifying in Chauvin’s defense provides what I consider the most damning evidence for the prosecution. It relates to the difference between the last two videos in … Continue reading

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Coleridge’s Theory of Ideas

Well, I have to admit that I had been completely unaware of Coleridge as a philosopher until coming upon this Aeon Essay. But on reading it  I found much to like about what seems to have been his approach. In … Continue reading

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Where does our “Number Sense” come from?

Source: Why do humans have numbers: are they cultural or innate? | Aeon Essays The fact that we can reliably count to 152 and distinguish it from 153 does not mean that we have a “sense” of either of those … Continue reading

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