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Population Genetics (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

To understand how population genetics came into being, and to appreciate its intellectual significance, a brief excursion into the history of biology …

The because of Because Without Cause

Marc Lange. Because Without Cause: Non-Causal Explanations in Science and Mathematics. Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Oxford University …

Oxford University Press

Hans-Georg Gadamer (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Born on February 11, 1900, in Marburg, in Southern Germany, Gadamer grew up in Breslau (now Wroclaw in Poland), where his father was Professor of …

Stanford University

New Archive Is Digitizing the Entirety of Phenomenology: Browse Works by Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty and More

Chances are, if you can define the word phenomenology, you’re already a student of the 20th century philosophical school, field, movement, or—as its …

Philosophy

The Gambia: Jammeh's spy master Yankuba Badjie arrested

<b>Gambia's former spymaster and head of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Yankuba Badjie, has been arrested.</b><p>Rights groups say the NIA was involved in the disappearance and torture of critics of ex-President Yahya Jammeh.<p>Mr Badjie is the first of Mr Jammeh's security officials to be taken into …

The Role of Narratives in Economics

<i>Narratives are vectors of ideas. Nobel laureate Robert Shiller suggests that in the age of social information networks, economists need to rethink</i> …

Economics

How technology is encouraging society to be stupid

Merry Christmas. Happy birthday. Happy… Darwin Day?<p>In the long list of observed holidays, Darwin Day may seem like a weird one to celebrate. But as the father of evolutionary thought, our buddy Charlie has given us plenty to consider, and changed everything we understand about ourselves and our …

Critical Thinking

How Do We Know?<p>Believe it or not, there are several different ways of knowing things. While we may not spend a significant amount of our days …

Grace Hopper's compiler: Computing's hidden hero

<b>One, zero, zero, one, zero, one. Zero, one, one…</b><p>That is the language of computers. Every clever thing your computer does - make a call, search a database, play a game - comes down to ones and zeroes.<p>Actually, it comes down to the presence (one) or absence (zero) of a current in tiny transistors on …

Four philosophy professors in the US support Donald Trump

The typical Donald Trump supporter is a white male without a college degree. But while education level marks a strong dividing line between voters for the Republican presidential candidate and his opponent Hillary Clinton, there are certainly Trump supporters who buck the trend.<p>Some 150 …

Donald Trump

Žižek during Trump: rhetoric and philosophical impotence

Wikileaks was quick to post to Facebook a video of Žižek endorsing Trump as his candidate of choice. A post-election interview has him repeating, …

What’s Missing From American Rhetoric

Political discourse, and our reception of oratory, has been reduced to pedantry. This election, when we weren’t watching <i>SNL</i> debate recaps, we were …

Middle School

The Science of Intellectual Tribalism

When the Left says ‘anti-intellectual,’ what they mean is ‘not a liberal.’<p>‘David Gelernter, fiercely anti-intellectual computer scientist, is being …

Modern Diplomacy - Modern Diplomacy

South Asia6 hours agoTashkent Declaration 2: Phony Peace Harbinger for Afghanistan? Middle East10 hours agoEU and Iran Inevitable Choice: …

The distinctiveness of German Indology – and its expression in German philosophy

Unlike England, France, Holland, Spain, and Portugal, Germany scarcely enjoyed vast or prosperous overseas colonies. Late to develop its navy, …

Hegel

Derek Parfit obituary

Philosopher whose books inspired his academic peers all over the world<p>Your body is destroyed, but only after it has been scanned and the blueprint beamed to Mars, where an organic replica of you is created. Is that replica you? It is physically and psychologically indistinguishable from what you …

Statistical Thinking

Data Methods Discussion Site<p>4 min read<p>This article lays out the rationale and overall design of a new discussion site about quantitative …

Machine Learning

At the University of Oregon, no more free speech for professors on subjects such as race, religion, sexual orientation

1. Last week, the University of Oregon made clear to its faculty: If you say things about race, sexual orientation, sex, religion and so on that enough people find offensive, you could get suspended (and, following the logic of the analysis) even fired. This can happen even to tenured faculty …

America's hypersensitive college culture could benefit from Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> As day follows day and January 20 approaches, my colleagues and students experience something along the lines of Shakespeare's Sonnet 60: "Like as the waves make toward the pebbled shore, / So do our minutes hasten to their end." As far as they're concerned, the ascent of Donald Trump …

Chief economist of Bank of England admits errors in Brexit forecasting

Andrew Haldane says his profession must adapt to regain the trust of the public, claiming narrow models ignored ‘irrational behaviour’<p>The Bank of England’s chief economist has admitted his profession is in crisis having failed to foresee the 2008 financial crash and having misjudged the impact of …

No, Atheists and Skeptics: Christian Faith Is Not a Failed Epistemology

Is faith a failed way of knowing?I keep hearing from atheists and skeptics that “faith is a failed epistemology.” What they mean is that if religion …

Australia's oldest working scientist wins battle over office

<b>A 102-year-old scientist has won a battle to keep working on campus at an Australian university.</b><p>David Goodall was ordered to work from home next year after his presence at Western Australia's Edith Cowan University was deemed a safety risk.<p>But the university has now found an alternative …

Political physics

Intellectual journals have their moments; if they’re lucky more than one. But to sustain themselves over decades, they have to change (or become part …

Cartesian plasticity: The curious case of Henricus Regius

“Last year [Henricus Regius] published a book entitled <i>Fundamenta physicæ</i> [<i>sic</i>] in which, concerning physics and medicine, it seems he has taken …

Churched Philosophy

John J. Conley

10 things Birth of a Nation got right about Nat Turner

Nat Turner was a literate slave. While most slaves were illiterate, Nat Turner could read. We do not know exactly how he learned to read. When he was …

Black History

Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize: The Case for Blonde on Blonde as Literature

The singer-songwriter’s artistic journey took a literary leap on rock ’n’ roll’s first-ever double album.<p>Does <b>Bob Dylan</b> deserve the Nobel Prize in Literature? That’s a question some casual fans and detractors are asking now that the prize has been awarded to the 75-year-old singer, songwriter, …

Seeing in the dark: Catholic theology and Søren Kierkegaard

In a candid interview with Stephen Colbert, Vice President Joe Biden gave a moving testimony about his faith amid the pain of recently losing his son …

Faith

Europe Needs Its Realist Past

The founders of the European Union were hardheaded pragmatists—and their wisdom could help today’s leaders handle Putin, migration and Brexit<p>As Europe’s troubles deepen and pose more of a threat to the vital interests of the U.S., Americans are recycling their tried and tested critiques of the …

This Trump response to Clinton’s basket of ‘deplorables’ comment was quite good

Hillary Clinton teed one up for Donald Trump on Friday night when she said that half of his supporters were racist, sexist, homophobic and/or Islamophobic. (She later backed off the "half" part.)<p>And on Monday, Donald Trump took full advantage — attacking Clinton's comments in a very well-crafted …