Category Archives: Philosophy of Science

The Truth Wears Off

Is there something wrong with the scientific method? Philosophy of science. From the New Yorker. The Truth Wears Off (pdf)

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The Relativity of Wrong – Isaac Asimov

Are all wrongs equally wrong? TOK, philosophy of science, nature of truth, inductive reasoning. Asimov – The Relativity of Wrong (pdf) Full text below

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STEM conference

Nature of Science – philosophy of science STEM conference – Nature of Science Presentation (pptx)

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Does Truth Matter? – Carl Sagan

Good Sagan stuff. Philosophy of science. Does Truth Matter and related articles – Carl Sagan (pdf) Full text below

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QSA Science ppt

Scientific literacy. QSA Science (pptx)

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STAQ ppt presentation

Nature of Science Presentation (pptx)

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Climate Change: science & responsibility

Ask the philosopher by Tim Soutphommasane, The Australian Dec 12 2009 ‘WITHOUT presuming that claims about climate change must be immune from scrutiny, the science appears, in my humble opinion, to be persuasive enough. Yet much within the climate change … Continue reading

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Neuroscience for kids

Found this American site via Scientific American Mind’s website. Created by Eric Chudler, Ph.D, A neuroscientist (Research Associate Professor) and Director of Education and Outreach at University of Washington Engineered Biomaterials in Seattle, Washington. There is a POETRY COMPETITION for … Continue reading

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Brain science and the search for the self

Nice little overview of how the whole thing started. From New Scientist magazine. Philosophy of mind, consciousness, self. 20 March 2009 by A C Grayling AFTER John Locke published his Essay Concerning Human Understanding in 1690, he sent copies to various … Continue reading

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Evidence for consciousness being a brain-wide activity

Electrodes implanted in the brains of people with epilepsy might have resolved an ancient question about consciousness. Philosophy of mind, consciousness. From New Scientist magazine. ‘Consciousness signature’ discovered spanning the brain 00:00 17 March 2009 by Anil Ananthaswamy For similar stories, … Continue reading

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Cognitive Bias in Reasoning

A list of topics from Wikipedia – visit there by clicking on the links – well worth the effort. Decision-making and behavioral biases Many of these biases are studied for how they affect belief formation, business decisions, and scientific research. … Continue reading

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Did aversion to bitter tastes evolve into moral disgust?

People’s visceral reaction to incest or betrayal by others could stem from a natural aversion to potentially toxic foods. Moral Philosophy, ethics. Another revealing article from New Scientist magazine. 19:00 26 February 2009 by Ewen Callaway For similar stories, visit the The … Continue reading

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David Papineau on Scientific Realism

From Philosophy Bites. Philosophy of Science. Nice piece and quite short. David Papineau on Scientific Realism (mp3)

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Psychology and Psychics – Why some people think they are psychic.

Interesting article on why people may feel psychic from New Scientist. Philosophy of mind, human nature, psychics, psychology. New Scientist Belief Special 28 January 2006 Glad to be gullible Clare Wilson It is five minutes past midnight and I am alone … Continue reading

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Handwriting analysis

Comments on the American President’s signature. Pseudoscience, fallacies of reasoning hasty generalisation. Australian Institute of Graphology??? Barack Obama’s signature reveals his secrets By Justin Vallejo The Daily Telegraph January 22, 2009 12:01am Secrets revealed … the pronounced and embellished initials … Continue reading

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Immoral advances: Is science out of control?

How do we place a moral value on science? What issues are here and on the horizon that will test our moral boundaries through the advancement of science? Philosophy of science, ethics, moral philosophy. From New Scientist magazine. Immoral advances: … Continue reading

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Learn to be Psychic in 10 Easy Lessons

How it’s done from the American Skeptics. Pseudoscience, psychics, cold reading, hypothesis testing. 10_Easy_Psychic_Lessons

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Pseudoscience – miracle cure

From New Scientist magazine. Demonstrates how pseudoscientific medicines often make outrageous claims as to their efficacy. Science, pseudoscience, alternative medicine. 17 September 2008 From New Scientist Print Edition FEEDBACK is indebted to denizens of the Urban75.com bulletin board for alerting us to … Continue reading

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Both sides of the debate…

Irrational ideas. Intelligent design. Philosophy of religion. Philosophy of science. (cartoon)

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How Science Works

A lovely description of the process of science. David Goodstein, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., is Vice Provost, Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, and theFrank J. Gilloon Distinguished Teaching and Service Professor, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena,California. Philosophy of science. HowScienceworks

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