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No, science does not provide all the answers to the big questions

From time to time a famous scientist allows himself (in my experience it’s always a man) to write nonchalantly about something of which he demonstrably has only a superficial grasp: philosophy. 1,532 more words

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Biology’s last paradigm shift and the evolution of evolutionary theory - part II

Last time we have seen how evolutionary theory has evolved over the past century and a half, why so many contemporary biologists are calling for what they refer to as the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis (see here and here), and how Darwin, building on David Hume, definitely rebutted the intelligent design argument advanced by William Paley. 1,357 more words

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Biology’s last paradigm shift and the evolution of evolutionary theory - part I

I find myself devoting more and more time to public outreach and what is increasingly referred to as public philosophy. But, you might know, I am also an academic and publish scholarship in philosophy of science. 1,741 more words

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Is exposing medical pseudoscience unethical?

You would think the answer to the title question is obvious: no, of course it isn’t unethical to expose medical pseudoscience (or any kind of pseudoscience). 1,787 more words

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Evolution, moral realism, and conditional imperatives

Is it true that genocide is wrong? Most of us would respond in the affirmative, would think that the answer is obvious, and would regard anyone answering in the negative as a psychopath, best immediately locked up somewhere where he can’t hurt people. 2,149 more words

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Pseudo-scientific and naturalized metaphysics

Improper method in metaphysics

James Ladyman and Don Ross contrast their naturalized metaphysics with contemporary analytic metaphysics. They have a cluster of terms they use to refer to this misconceived form of metaphysics: a priori metaphysics, neo-scholastic metaphysics, and pseudo-scientific metaphysics. 469 more words

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