27 August 2014
Democracy in America
The Glenn Show
The Good Fight
The Mind Report
The Posner Show
The Wright Show
The Good Fight (round 1)
Pros & Conn
The Week in Blog
Big Questions involving philosophy, science, spirituality and religion
May 31, 2009 — Paul Bloom & Tamar Szabo Gendler
Why do heights frighten us even when we know we’re safe?
Bringing your reasoned commitments in line with your passions
The strange pleasures of sitcoms, porn, and horror movies
Do dogs daydream? Do monkeys have sex fantasies?
Are video games morally corrosive?
The fine line between pretense and reality
May 24, 2009 — Clayton Littlejohn & Juan Comesana
Epistemic justification: what it is and why you should care
Reliabilism: a very plausible theory with very serious problems
Descartes’s evil demon comes out of retirement
Clayton’s solution to the New Evil Demon Problem
What would a brain in a vat be justified in believing?
Is the justification of your beliefs fixed by your mental states?
May 17, 2009 — Frans de Waal & Jeffrey Schloss
Human nature, primate nature, animal nature
What’s so special about human empathy?
Why not have sex at every opportunity?
The “altruism is a meme” meme
Can you live a morally good life solely on the basis of religion?
Is morality a self-deception?
May 10, 2009 — Eliezer Yudkowsky & Adam Frank
Can you be mistaken about the meaning of your own life?
The Book of Job: inspiring or horrific?
The subtle power of the word “oops”
Will religion help us avert ecological disaster?
Can you know anything that you can’t know through Reason?
Sacred mystery vs. rational curiosity
May 3, 2009 — Julian Barbour & Craig Callender
What does each passing second have in common with the next?
Extracting time from snapshots of the universe
Would you notice if the whole world suddenly doubled in size?
Puzzles in our experience of the past and the future
Time as a “well-founded illusion”
A clue from geology about the nature of time