Tagged: philosophy

Morality and autonomous vehicles - Guest Work

Guest Work Jun 27, 2016

By Dr Carolyn Mason, Lecturer, Philosophy, University of Canterbury A new study published in Science finds that the majority of research participants accept that it is morally right to program autonomous vehicles (AVs) to kill the occupant of the car to save ten pedestrians. As the authors Bonnefon, Shariff and Rahwan point out, this result agrees with utilitarianism, that … Read More

“Fair-weather” scepticism - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 31, 2015

My old man used to label us kids as “fair-weather sailors” when we bitched about working outside during bad weather. That phrase comes to my mind sometimes when I come across people who claim to be “sceptics ” (“Skeptics”) behaving very unsceptically when confronted with a claim outside their area of interest. For example, someone who … … Continue reading … Read More

Sad news – Victor Stenger has died - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Aug 31, 2014

I was sad to read that Victor Stenger died during the week at the age of 79. Victor was a prolific author, writing on science, religion and philosophy. He often dealt with difficult issues coming out of the religion-science debates and was always able to explain complex subjects very effectively for the layperson. In his … … Continue reading … Read More

Approaching scientific literature sensibly - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jun 25, 2014

We all suffer more or less from confirmation bias – it is just human.  So it’s natural for people to be selective, and to indulge in some cherry-picking and biased interpretation, when quoting scientific literature to support an idea they promote. In the scientific community peer review and continual submission of ideas to scrutiny by colleagues helps keep … … Continue reading … Read More