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by Rortabend
Mon Oct 25, 2010 4:52 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Happy Mole day
Replies: 10
Views: 2667

Re: Happy Mole day

Nice and smug me for knowing the answer but unfortunately its not and never can be Mole Day here as its 23-10
Well said. Let's reclaim our calendar! Americans keep going on about 9/11 but I don't recall anything happening on 9th November. Very strange.
by Rortabend
Tue Sep 14, 2010 1:56 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Hawking - philosophy is dead
Replies: 81
Views: 16161

Hawking - philosophy is dead

http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/ne ... 979047.stm

Hawking strikes again. What an idiot.

Hurray for Susan Greenfield!
by Rortabend
Fri Sep 03, 2010 10:42 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Hawking
Replies: 20
Views: 3891

Re: Hawking

by Rortabend
Fri Sep 03, 2010 1:01 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: A Philosophy of Mind
Replies: 2591
Views: 328098

Re: Philosophy of Mind

I think Hegelian might be pushing it a bit!
by Rortabend
Thu Sep 02, 2010 4:41 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Hawking
Replies: 20
Views: 3891

Re: Hawking

I'm not sure Hawking is claiming anything. It's more likely to be his publisher misinterpreting the book for a press release!
by Rortabend
Thu Aug 26, 2010 5:41 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: "You Can’t Prove A Negative"
Replies: 122
Views: 17440

Re: "You Can’t Prove A Negative"

Given up on brains in vats!?
by Rortabend
Wed Aug 25, 2010 10:28 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Not With A Whimper, But With A Bang!
Replies: 5
Views: 3239

Re: Not With A Whimper, But With A Bang!

Excellent article. Couldn't agree more. In the UK, the issue of catastrophic asteroid impacts is not really taken seriously because it is associated with an eccentric former MP called Lembit Opik. One can only hope that we reach a level of technological sophistication and awareness by 2182 when ther...
by Rortabend
Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:04 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Zizeks 'On Violence'
Replies: 15
Views: 5384

Re: Zizeks 'On Violence'

Is Zizek a "utopian thinker" as Scruton allegedly contends? That is the question that I raised in my post. I thought that the question might be relevant to your Phd research. Rortabend just dismissed the question as he dismissed Scruton. Rorty surely is no Socrates. I'll bet he's a professional aca...
by Rortabend
Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:21 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Zizeks 'On Violence'
Replies: 15
Views: 5384

Re: Zizeks 'On Violence'

If you find yourself agreeing with Scruton it's generally a good idea to have a dose of something stronger than pessimism.
by Rortabend
Thu Aug 12, 2010 3:24 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Economics and epistemological naturalism: a request
Replies: 4
Views: 1794

Re: Economics and epistemological naturalism: a request

Econometrics is the branch of economics based on quantitative analysis and statistics so you are not wrong to suggest it. Technically it belongs on my list but, given that most of economics has been mathematically based for the last century or so, I am more concerned with disciplines that draw on ot...
by Rortabend
Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:24 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Economics and epistemological naturalism: a request
Replies: 4
Views: 1794

Economics and epistemological naturalism: a request

I need help with some research I am doing on the link between epistemological naturalism and economics. I am trying to compile a list of branches of economics that use the results and/or methods of another science. Here is what I have come up with so far: 1. Evolutionary economics (Schumpeter) 2. Ec...
by Rortabend
Sat Jul 17, 2010 11:56 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: hello philosophers
Replies: 5
Views: 1490

Re: hello philosophers

If you want to learn more about Kierkegaard try listening to Hubert Dreyfus podcast. He teaches at Berkeley.
by Rortabend
Thu Jan 14, 2010 2:17 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What is the Source of the Universe ?
Replies: 17
Views: 5730

Re: What is the Source of the Universe ?

The only way that you can assert such a thing, paradoxically, is by understanding the "origins of the Universe", and how that 'understanding' relates to the present state of a (particular?) mind's 'evolution'. How so? Just because you can understand the question 'What is the source of universe?' it...
by Rortabend
Thu Jan 14, 2010 11:34 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What is the Source of the Universe ?
Replies: 17
Views: 5730

Re: What is the Source of the Universe ?

Your mind has not evolved to understand the origins of the universe. Try to remember that you are an intelligent ape.