Tag: Philosophy of Science

2018, Books, Non-Fiction

The Misinformation Age (2018, Cailin O’Connor, James Owen Weatherall)

This is a compelling examination of mathematical models about the way beliefs spread through human social networks.

2013, Books, Non-Fiction

The Meaning of Human Existence (2014) by Edward O Wilson

This is a weird book, which doesn’t exactly live up to its title. It’s a book of philosophy by a biologist, who spends his time telling us where evolutionary biology is in 2013, what he thinks about aliens and getting mad at “The Humanities” for ignoring science. I can’t say I really enjoyed it all …

2004, Movies

The Universe: Cosmology Quest (2004, Randall Meyers)

Full disclosure: I never once took physics in high school and I certainly never took physics after that. My math background is so far in my past that I cannot rely on it. So you have to take everything I have to say about the physics of this film with a giant grain of salt. …

2012, Books, Non-Fiction, Philosophy, Science

On the origins of the universe

In the CS Monitor‘s book of review of Jim Holt’s Does the Universe Exist?, Troy Jollimore discusses the nature of the universe and the bizarre fact that most scientists and philosophers seem to assume that we have to prove how the universe appeared, as if what existed before the universe – if ever we can say something existed before the …

Philosophy, Society

Popper on Economics

If I weren’t so damn lazy, I would apply Popper’s ideas on the nature of science to the “science” of economics and show just exactly why we’re so fucked economically right now: Economics is not a science in the sense that physics, or biology, or chemistry is (as common sense should tell us) and we …

Philosophy, Society

Popper and existentialism

It seems strange that Popper slags existentialism in Conjectures and Refutations because he seems sort of existential himself. He is fairly dismissive of “essentialism” and he is very much concerned with actual issues, as opposed to theoretical issues. His political ideas seem very existential, in that they are focused on actual institutions and actual people, rather than …