We entered the reputation age a long time ago

Aeon is currently highlighting articles from throughout 2018 that are editor favorites.  This morning, they highlighted one by Gloria Origgi, Say goodbye to the information age: it’s all about reputation now: There is an underappreciated paradox of knowledge that plays a pivotal role in our advanced hyper-connected liberal democracies: the greater the amount of information that … Continue reading We entered the reputation age a long time ago

Stephen West and Massimo Pigliucci discuss David Hume

Stephen West, on his Philosophize This! podcast, interviews Massimo Pigliucci on David Hume.  This was a big win for me.  Two of my favorite podcasters discussing one of my favorite historical philosophers!  It provides some good insights into Hume's skeptical and empirical philosophy. One of the questions Stephen asks Massimo is what he thinks Hume's … Continue reading Stephen West and Massimo Pigliucci discuss David Hume

Just in case you’re not there yet, homeopathy doesn’t work

As I've discussed a few times, I've been dealing with shoulder pain for the last few months.  As I've been fighting through this, one of the things I've been reminded of is how many purported breakthrough or unconventional cures are offered out there, that promise to avoid the often frustrating limitations and ambiguity of evidence based medicine.  For … Continue reading Just in case you’re not there yet, homeopathy doesn’t work

RealClearScience – 5 Easy Tips for Denying Scientific Consensus

Faced with unfortunate facts or inconvenient truths? Tired of closing your eyes, sticking your fingers in your ears, and screaming \"LA LA LA LA LA LA?\" Well, simply read RealClearScience\'s handy guide for denying scientific consensus. It\'s 100% proven to work against a variety of well-substantiated topics, such as: Drinking Water Fluoridation Global Climate Change … Continue reading RealClearScience – 5 Easy Tips for Denying Scientific Consensus

God Created Gravity: Why the U.S. Can’t Keep Pace With Slovenia | Jeff Schweitzer

God Created Gravity: Why the U.S. Can't Keep Pace With Slovenia | Jeff Schweitzer. Jeff Schweitzer's post bemoaning the problems in society caused by religion is getting a lot of attention around the web.  Schweitzer blames religion for the battles on teaching evolution in schools, the denial of climate change, and the anti-vaccine movement.  I … Continue reading God Created Gravity: Why the U.S. Can’t Keep Pace With Slovenia | Jeff Schweitzer

Science, philosophy, and caution about what we think we know

What is the difference between science and philosophy?  While there are enterprises that are clearly in one or the other, the dividing line isn't always a sharp one.  Science grew out of philosophy, particularly natural philosophy.  Some would say that science is itself a type of philosophy.  But what is the difference between what we … Continue reading Science, philosophy, and caution about what we think we know