Tagged: philosophy

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

What makes something right or wrong? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 20, 2014

Here is another of the  4 animated videos produced by the British Humanist Association. They are all narrated by Stephen Fry. This one deals with aspects of morality – an important subject where the voice of non-theists is often ignored. “What makes something right or wrong?” Narrated by Stephen Fry  See: That’s Humanism: Four animated videos about Humanism narrated by … … Continue reading … Read More

Thinking about what ‘economics’ is - The Dismal Science

Matt Nolan Jan 17, 2014

I am trying to gradually clarify my perception of what economics is.  Here are some cliff notes from a recent discussion I had: Economists try to answer questions about “the allocation of resources given scarcity”.  Every question is quite specific and different, economics education involves learning a broad set of skills that allow us to […] … Read More

Quote of the day: Pinker on changes in social sciences - The Dismal Science

Matt Nolan Oct 09, 2013

Via Noah Smith.  We have the following post on the Pinker vs Wieseltier debate on science and humanities (if you have a chance I would suggest reading the debates themselves as well). The era in which an essayist can get away with ex cathedra pronouncements on factual questions in social science is coming to an […] … Read More