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In the post-truth world, we need to remember the philosophy of science
Recently, across Europe, children have been dying from measles. The World Health Organisation blames the resurgence of the disease on low MMR vaccination rates…
philosophy  philosophyofscience  posttruth  from instapaper
12 weeks ago by tommorris
Fermat's Library | Drawing an elephant with four complex parameters annotated/explained version.
Quoth von Neumann: "With four parameters I can fit an elephant, and with five I can make him wiggle his trunk." This paper demonstrates it.
math  physics  via:HackerNews  philosophyOfScience 
february 2018 by mcherm
Moloch's Toolbox (1/2)
Creative dialogue explaining how many of the world's problems stem from a coordination issue where each person's incentive is to keep things as they are although there is a universally better situation if we were to all agree to change at once.
EliezerYudkowsky  via:SlateStarCodex  philosophy  philosophyOfScience 
november 2017 by mcherm
A Few Bad Scientists Are Threatening to Topple Taxonomy | Science | Smithsonian
By the numbers, Hoser is a taxonomy maven. Between 2000 and 2012 alone, Hoser named three-quarters of all new genera and subgenera of snakes; overall, he’s named over 800 taxa, including dozens of snakes and lizards. But prominent taxonomists and other herpetologists—including several interviewed for this piece—say that those numbers are misleading.

According to them, Hoser isn’t a prolific scientist at all. What he’s really mastered is a very specific kind of scientific "crime": taxonomic vandalism.
biology  animals  science  philosophyofscience  philosophy  name  semantics  psychology 
september 2017 by msszczep
The Kekulé Problem - Cormac McCarthy on the Origin of Language
Cormac McCarthy is best known to the world as a writer of novels. These include Blood Meridian, All the Pretty Horses, No Country…
unconscious  psychology  psychoanalysis  philosophyofmind  philosophyofscience 
may 2017 by michaelglawson

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