Where science meets art. The only necessary and sufficient book store in Melbourne.
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Coordinator: Peter Ellerton
Web guy: Jason Etheridge
- What exactly is the scientific method and why do so many people get it wrong?
- Paralympic athletes faster than olympic athletes — what does this tell us about difference?
- Logic: if + then = why? How can we understand the power of logic?
- How do we ensure we are exposed to new ideas? A parody with bite.
- A Life of Meaning (Reason Not Required) – What is the nature of our relationship with reason?
- Can you name this cognitive bias?
- By what measures can we value human life?
- Teaching philosophy improves standardised scores
- Are we in control of our own decisions?
- Neuroscience and education: myths and messages
- Free will is not as free as we think – and that’s ok.
- Where’s the Proof in Pseudoscience?
- Science in the lead?
- Plato and Aristotle from ‘The School of Athens’
- Teaching the nature of science (and keeping students engaged)
- Algebra in Bikinis
- Are people-smugglers agents of freedom?
- The dilemma of giving
- Obese Child Removed from Parent Care
- A Life of Meaning (Reason Not Required) - What is the nature of our relationship with reason?
- The Eternal Value of Privacy
- Are we in control of our own decisions?
- Dilbert on Zeno
- Ability to Think Scientifically Declines as Kids Grow Up
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- Humans in Dark Times
- Trump and the ‘Society of the Spectacle’
- Unraveling Love Stories
- It’s Black History Month. Look in the Mirror.
- Rethinking Our Patriotism
- Can We Live With Contradiction?
- The Intellectual Life of Violence
- Our New Age of Contempt
- Bernard-Henri Lévy: Jews, Be Wary of Trump
- The Stories We Tell Ourselves
- Deadly U.S. Heroin Overdoses Quadrupled in 5 Years
- Your Brain as Laboratory: The Science of Meditation
- The Science of Genius
- An Oscar-Nominated Film Inspires a New Approach to Autism
- How Sound Can Be an Ally or an Enemy of a Healthy Brain
- Transgender Kids: What Does It Take to Help Them Thrive?
- Life Expectancy Study Suggests U.S. Will Lag behind
- What Are Personality Disorders?
- Inner Spark: Using Music to Study Creativity
- Brain–Computer Interface Allows Speediest Typing to Date
- The data behind Hollywood's sexism | Stacy Smith
- A few ways to fix a government | Charity Wayua
- A robot that eats pollution | Jonathan Rossiter
- The racial politics of time | Brittney Cooper
- Nationalism vs. globalism: the new political divide | Yuval Noah Harari
- Don't fear superintelligent AI | Grady Booch
- How jails extort the poor | Salil Dudani
- 3 ways to fix a broken news industry | Lara Setrakian
- How to practice safe sexting | Amy Adele Hasinoff
- An electrifying acoustic guitar performance | Rodrigo y Gabriela
Author Archives: Peter Ellerton
There’s a big difference between science and pseudoscience. But if people don’t understand how science works in the first place, it’s very easy for them to fall for the pseudoscience. Source: What exactly is the scientific method and why do … Continue reading
Four 1500m runners in the T13 class at the Paralympics all ran faster in their final than the time that won American Matthew Centrowitz the gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Rio last month. Source: Paralympics Rio 2016: 1500m … Continue reading
Hold on to your modus ponens; we’re getting serious about precision. Logic works in a surprising range of places, from the law to your smart phone. It’s all about propositions and connectives—if you infer validly you should end up with … Continue reading
Assuring users that the company’s entire team of engineers was working hard to make sure a glitch like this never happens again, Facebook executives confirmed during a press conference Tuesday that a horrible accident last night involving the website’s algorithm … Continue reading
If philosophy is to stay relevant, it must bridge the gap between feeling, thought and reason. Few would disagree with two age-old truisms: We should strive to shape our lives with reason, and a central prerequisite for the good life … Continue reading
The Fallen of World War II from Neil Halloran on Vimeo. It can clearly be challenging to convey the magnitude of loss after a tragedy, particularly when that number is in the tens of millions, yet that is precisely what … Continue reading
Want to improve NAPLAN scores? Teach children philosophy Latest figures show that student scores in reading, writing, language and numeracy have failed to improve despite schools receiving record funding over the past few years. The National Assessment Program – Literacy … Continue reading
Dan Ariely — One of the most significant of TED talks for understanding how we think.
NATURE REVIEWS | NEUROSCIENCE Abstract: For several decades, myths about the brain — neuromyths — have persisted in schools and colleges, often being used to justify ineffective approaches to teaching. Many of these myths are biased distortions of scientific fact. … Continue reading
The Philosopher’s Zone – ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Free will is on the run. Bit by scientific bit, the belief that we might actually command our own domain is in retreat. But all is not lost, according to … Continue reading
Peter Ellerton, The Conversation Contrast this with homeopathy, a field that has generated no discernible growth in knowledge or practice. While the use of modern scientific language may make it sound more impressive, there is no corresponding increase in knowledge … Continue reading
Is scientific progress outpacing progress in areas such as ethics and politics? What does progress in these areas look like?
Plato advocating for the Forms, Aristotle for the world. Add in the word ‘basketball’, and you cannot unsee it.
Peter Ellerton, The Conversation What’s particularly disturbing about current science education at the primary, secondary and tertiary level is the almost complete lack of explicit consideration of what I’ve referred to as the “nature of science”. Not only are many … Continue reading
Alex Rosenburg, The Stone. It is often said that we can never truly know the minds of others, because we can’t “get inside their heads.” Our ability to know our own minds, though, is rarely called into question. It is … Continue reading
Could AI of the future be not just smarter, but also more conscious than humans are now? Will they wonder if we are/were truly conscious? Discuss.
“Scientists working on animal cognition often dwell on their desire to talk to the animals. Oddly enough, this particular desire must have passed me by, because I have never felt it. I am not waiting to hear what my animals … Continue reading
Can you prove you have free will?