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  • Has Science Replaced Philosophy?

    While both science and philosophy aim at the truth, they clearly have different methods and tackle different problems. Yet in the last few years, a number of scientists, like Stephen Hawking, have been very vocal in pronouncing the death of philosophy.

    September 4, 2015 | 9 comments | Read More »
  • Education and the Culture Wars

    The “Culture Wars”. Not just Liberal versus Conservative and Democrat versus Republican; but Secular versus Religious; Evolutionist versus Creationist; Feminist versus Traditionalist; MSNBC versus Fox. Jon Stewart versus Bill O’Reilly.

    August 27, 2015 | 9 comments | Read More »
  • People with Guns

    One of the loudest responses to calls for tighter gun control is: “Guns don’t kill people…people kill people!” But how does this response work? And why is it often so effective at halting discussion?

    August 26, 2015 | 1 comment | Read More »
  • Are Some People Better than Others?

    You might wonder what kind of a question that is. On the one hand, there’s no controversy—some people are smarter than others, some are more creative, some are stronger or faster, and some are kinder or more virtuous. So, if that’s all we’re asking, the answer is obvious. 

    August 20, 2015 | 10 comments | Read More »
  • The Last of the Renaissance Polymaths

    Leibniz was a very practical philosopher.  One could argue that he has as much or more practical impact on Silicon Valley as any philosopher.  He invented binary arithmetic; without that, no computer science!  Plus a lot of other ideas along the same lines.  

    August 14, 2015 | 15 comments | Read More »