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The Conceptual Mind: New Directions in the Study of Concepts

2016.05.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews<b></b>Eric Margolis and Stephen Laurence (eds.), <i>The Conceptual Mind: New Directions in the</i> …

Philosophy

Should we be afraid of AI?

Machines seem to be getting smarter and smarter and much better at human jobs, yet true AI is utterly implausible. Why?<i>By Luciano Floridi</i>Read at Aeon

Artificial Intelligence

Your Simple (Yes, Simple) Guide to Quantum Entanglement

An aura of glamorous mystery attaches to the concept of quantum entanglement, and also to the (somehow) related claim that quantum theory requires …

Trop de maths en Economie ?

Dans un remarquable essai pour la revue <i>Aeon</i>, le professeur de philosophie et de religion à l’université James Madison de Virginie, Alan Jay …

Physics, Mathematics and Skepticism // Reviews // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame

In his address to the Fourth International Congress of Philosophy held at Bologna in 1911, Henri Bergson noted that "a philosopher worthy of the name …

Dear Dr. B: What is the difference between entanglement and superposition?

The only photo in existence<br>that shows me in high heels.<p>This is an excellent question which you didn’t ask. I’ll answer it anyway because confusing …

Was Einstein Wrong?

Last week's announcement of the direct detection of gravitational waves proved, once again, the enduring power of Albert Einstein's scientific vision. Once again, Einstein was right in that this theory accurately predicted the behavior of the world.<p>But with last week's triumph, a deep and …

Donner du sens à la mécanique quantique

Bien que ses étranges prédictions aient toujours été vérifiées, la mécanique quantique, ou plutôt son interprétation, continue de troubler physiciens …

« C’est mon dernier mot, Jean-Pierre : le Soleil »

Qu'est-ce qui gravite autour de la Terre : la Lune ou le Soleil ? La bonne réponse n'est pas si évidente.

The Philosophical Foundations of Physics

One sometimes hears popular science programmes claiming that the scientific revolution began when Galileo had the bright idea of finding out about …

Scientific Consensus Is Almost Never Wrong — Almost

In the 1960s geologists had to throw out their textbooks.

Science

The Trouble with Theories of Everything - Issue 29: Scaling

Whenever you say anything about your daily life, a scale is implied. Try it out. “I’m too busy” only works for an assumed time scale: today, for …

Physics

The superfluid Universe

Quantum effects are not just subatomic: they can be expressed across galaxies, and solve the puzzle of dark matter<i>By Sabine Hossenfelder</i>Read at Aeon

Dark Matter

Let’s Rethink Space - Issue 32: Space

Space is brutally egalitarian. When you become separated from your lover, the two of you retain no tighter a physical connection than do two lumps of …

Space

Features: Quantum biology continues to intrigue

Quantum biology continues to intrigue<p>‘It’s an attractive idea that nature has adopted,<br>and optimized, fundamentally quantum phenomena’<p>By Rajendrani …

Deviates, Sloths, and Exiles: Philosophical Remarks on the Ockham’s Razor Workshop*

Picking up the pieces…<p>My flight out of Pittsburgh has been cancelled, and as I may be stuck in the airport for some time, I will try to make a virtue …

How Real Is Reality?

Each day when you wake up, the world is, for the most part, unchanged from the day before.<p>The sun rises again in the east. Your underwear falls if you drop it. The water in the sink spirals down the drain like always. Just as important, your mattress won't turn into a sports car and you can't jump …

Bayes's Theorem: What's the Big Deal?

I’m not sure when I first heard of Bayes’ theorem. But I only really started paying attention to it over the last decade, after a few of my wonkier …

Quantum Mechanics

La Renaissance du temps 2/2

Beaucoup trop longtemps après la première partie publiée lors de la semaine thématique sur le temps du Café des Sciences, voici la fin du compte …

The selfish gene is a great meme. Too bad it’s so wrong – David Dobbs

A couple of years ago, at a massive conference of neuroscientists — 35,000 attendees, scores of sessions going at any given time — I wandered into a …

Dear Dr B: Is string theory science?

This question was asked by Scientific American, hovering over an article by Davide Castelvecchi.<p>They should have asked Ethan Siegel. Because a few …

Why String Theory?

I recently got a copy of Joseph Conlon’s new book Why String Theory? and was pleasantly surprised to find that it’s quite good. Conlon is a lively, …

Quantum Mechanics

Biology vs Physics: Two Ways of Doing Science?

Do physics and biology work in fundamentally different ways? Why?<p>I am an evolutionary biologist by training, before I turned to philosophy of …

Philosophy

Feuding physicists turn to philosophy for help

String theory is at the heart of a debate over the integrity of the scientific method itself.<p>Is string theory science? Physicists and cosmologists …

Quantum Mechanics Is Putting Human Identity on Trial - Issue 30: Identity

“Even in principle, one cannot demand an alibi of an electron!”Hermann Weyl, <i>The Theory of Groups and Quantum Mechanics</i> (1950)Have you ever heard the …

Quantum Mechanics

Contribution de l'informatique théorique à la philosophie

Un certain nombre de travaux de l'informatique théorique apportent un éclairage nouveau<br>sur des questions philosophiques.- L'IHP, maison d'histoires / …