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Thought experiments: scientific parallels

I’ll be giving a controversial paper at two conferences: the American Political Science Association (Sept 1-4, in Philadelphia), and the European Consortium on Political Research (Sept 7-10, in… 329 more words


Rene Descartes, Cartesian Dualism and “I Think, Therefore I Am”

“Cogito ergo sum” or, “I am thinking, therefore I exist” or, “I think, therefore I am” are some of the most famous phrases in western philosophy, but where did they come from? 722 more words

Philosophical Idea

Thought Experiment - Plato's Cave

Arguably one of the most famous passages in western philosophy, Plato’s allegory of the cave is described in book 7 of The Republic. The thought experiment goes like this: 1,071 more words

Anthony Whitehead

Thought Experiment - John Locke's Sock

In the late first century a Greek writer, by the name of Plutarch, put forth an idea for a thought experiment – Plutarch asked the question: If an object were to have all of it’s components replaced, would it still fundamentally be the same object? 359 more words

Anthony Whitehead

Meanwhile, in a parallel universe...

Have you ever heard people commenting on ageing in a casual conversation? It happens more often than not. According to my personal observations, ageing and money are two topics among the most likely ones to turn up in a casual conversation (if not… 620 more words


Brilliant Book Titles #15

Some titles are, perhaps, best left unexplained.

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Julian Baggini presents 100 thought experiments – short scenarios which pose a problem in a vivid and concrete way – and invites the reader to think about possible answers for him/herself. 91 more words

For the Love of Speed!

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May 31st 2016

“Based on my calculations, we are moving at a speed of 14 km/hr.  1,193 more words