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Whewell vs. Babbage on the Nature of Miracles (Part 1: Whewell)

November 16, 2012

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Knowing little else about Charles Babbage other than he was the ‘father of computing’, I was recently very surprised to read a book that mentions his strong defense of miracles. A few pages in, I was astonished to learn that he defended miracles against the writings of an Anglican priest. Laura J Snyder’s 2011 book ‘The Philosophical Breakfast Club‘ […]

Haack’s Scientism Mistake: Popper and Method (2 of 2)

August 6, 2012

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This is the second of two posts where I critique Susan Haack’s 2009 paper “Six Signs of Scientism” which recently appeared as a new chapter in the second edition of her book “Putting Philosophy to Work: Inquiry and Its Place in Culture“.[1] In this section, I would like to address the charge that Popper’s demarcation is […]

Haack’s Scientism Mistake: Popper and Demarcation (1 of 2)

August 6, 2012

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In this post and the one to follow, I will be criticizing Susan Haack’s 2009 paper “Six Signs of Scientism” which recently appeared as a new chapter in the second edition of her book “Putting Philosophy to Work: Inquiry and Its Place in Culture“.[1] [The chapter is available to read here.] The work does not […]

Illogical, My Dear Watson (Part 2: Sherlock Holmes)

May 14, 2012

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This is the second and final part of an article where I get annoyed with Star Trek’s Mr Spock and Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes for their crimes against logic. In the first part, I considered Spock. ———————- Let’s move on to our second plaintiff: Sherlock Holmes. Claiming to use ‘deduction’, Holmes uses the scarcest of clues in […]

Illogical, My Dear Watson (Part 1: Spock)

May 14, 2012

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It is often remarked in the typography community that you should only tell your enemies about kerning. Once primed with a richer appreciation for character-spacing (and thoroughly incapable of unlearning this lesson), a student is guaranteed to leave your company with a diminished enjoyment of the world. A deeper view for sure, but one that has been […]

Krauss about Philosophy (2 of 2)

May 1, 2012

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In the first part of this small analysis, I considered some comments on philosophy made by Lawrence Krauss; physicist and popularizer of science. It seemed that in a recent interview to promote his new book (‘A Universe from Nothing’), Krauss was suggesting that the only useful type of philosophy wasn’t really philosphy at all, but […]

Krauss about Philosophy (1 of 2)

April 30, 2012

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I am one of the 1.3 million people (as it stands today) who have viewed Lawrence Krauss’ lecture ‘A Universe From Nothing‘.[1] And, on first watching in 2009, I was left unable to forget some of his wonderful turns of phrase. In reference to supernovae, he remarks how rare these events seem to us. Yet, on a […]

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