March 2010

Fear!

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

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Food and Philosophy: Live at the Marsh

Satisfy your hunger for food and philosophy on April 25th at the new Marsh Theater location in Berkeley. Join Philosophy Talk for two live recording sessions and a lunch break in between where you can break bread with Philosophy Talk co-hosts John Perry and Ken Taylor. 11:00am Show: Democracy and the Press

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Science and Pseudo-science

One can imagine a kind of sceptic being put off by this way of setting up the episode. For one might think that  the question of separating science from pseudo-science is really a political question in disguise.  And by that we don't mean to buy into the stereotype that, for example,  Democrats like science, because they're in favor of evolution, and Republicans like pseudo-science, because they're in favor of creation science.  That's not what we mean at all. 

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What is Normal

According to the OED, the usual sense of `normal’ is:2. a. Constituting or conforming to a type or standard; regular, usual, typical; ordinary, conventional.

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Infinity: A Dialogue

Joe:  I’m not sure I agree with you Blow in denying that nature contains the infinite.   But to settle this, why don’t we start out by defining infinity. Blow:  That’s a piece of cake. The infinite is that which is not finite. 

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