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The Unity of Science
August 16th, 2017, 05:30 PM
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[Revised entry by Jordi Cat on August 16, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The topic of unity in the sciences can be explored through the following questions: Is there one privileged, most basic or fundamental concept or kind of thing, and if not, how are the different concepts or kinds of things in the universe related? Can the various natural sciences (e.g.,physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology) be unified into a single overarching theory, and can theories within a single science (e.g., general relativity and quantum theory in...

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Trump’s White Nationalists, Again
August 16th, 2017, 05:30 PM
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On the face of it, condemning white supremacists and neo-Nazis is one of the politically easiest things to do. Trump, however, seems incapable of engaging in this simple task. Instead, he has continued to act in ways that lend support to the alt-right. After a delayed and reluctant condemnation of the alt-right, Trump returned to his lane by making two claims. The first is the claim that “there is blame on both sides.” The second is the claim that there are good people on both sides. On the face of it, both claims are false. That said, these claims will be given more consideration than they deserve. If one accepts a very broad concept of blame, then it would be possible to claim that there is blame on both sides. This could be done in the following way. The first step is asserting that a side is responsible if an event would not have taken place without its involvement. This is based, of course, on the notion that accountability is a matter of “but for.” In the case at hand, the. . .

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Embodiment, Enaction, and Culture: Investigating the Constitution of the Shared World
August 15th, 2017, 05:30 PM
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2017.08.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Christoph Durt, Thomas Fuchs, and Christian Tewes (eds.), Embodiment, Enaction, and Culture: Investigating the Constitution of the Shared World, MIT Press, 2016, 456pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780262035552.   Reviewed by Bryce Huebner, Georgetown University This volume was written at the conclusion of a European research network project called Toward an Embodied Science of InterSubjectivity. Over the course of 20 chapters and an introduction, it develops resources for thinking about embodiment and culture. And since the authors have "collaborated for years" (10), their papers display a great deal of theoretical unity. But unity comes at a cost: nearby stones are left unturned, and competing views are often rejected too quickly. Nonetheless, the book provides a clear account of what enactivism amounts to, what it takes for granted, and how far it can be pushed -- and overall, that's a good thing.   The volume. . .

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A dream of Utopia, an Eden of innocence, and then the Fall: The Summer of Love was about the pursuit of pleasure. But there was a puritan streak, too
August 15th, 2017, 05:30 PM
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A dream of Utopia, an Eden of innocence, and then the Fall: The Summer of Love was about the pursuit of pleasure. But there was a puritan streak, too

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Toscanini's quasi-religious consecration to music fueled an obsessive and often miserable struggle to realize his vision of artistic perfection
August 15th, 2017, 05:30 PM
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Toscanini's quasi-religious consecration to music fueled an obsessive and often miserable struggle to realize his vision of artistic perfection

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Michiko Kakutani– feared, respected, mercurial – is stepping away from her role at The Times. Is this the dawn of a new age of book reviewing?
August 15th, 2017, 05:30 PM
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Michiko Kakutani– feared, respected, mercurial – is stepping away from her role at The Times. Is this the dawn of a new age of book reviewing?

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Victor Stenger: Nuthin’ to Explain
August 15th, 2017, 05:30 PM
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This is a guest article by the late Victor J Stenger, emeritus professor of physics at the University of Hawaii and adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado, originally published on April 18, 2012.        Nuthin’ to Explain Victor J. Stenger When you ain’t got nuthin’ You got nuthin’ to explain -Bob Dylan (paraphrase)   In a recent book called A Universe From Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing, cosmologist Larry Krauss describes how our universe could have arisen naturally from a pre-existing structureless void he calls “nothing.”[1] He bases his argument on quantum physics, along with now well-established results from elementary particle physics and cosmology. In an afterword, atheist Richard Dawkins exults, “Even the last remaining trump card of the theologian, ‘Why is there something rather than nothing?’ shrivels up before your eyes as you read these pages.”[2] Philosopher David Albert will have none of it. In a review in the New York. . .

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Communists are unlikely entrepreneurs. But beginning in the 1930s, they set up bookstores across America. Turns out that even anticapitalists can't ignore the bottom line
August 14th, 2017, 05:30 PM
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Communists are unlikely entrepreneurs. But beginning in the 1930s, they set up bookstores across America. Turns out that even anticapitalists can't ignore the bottom line

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Secular thought arrived via not just luminaries but also everyday atheists: a cartoonist, a rogue traveling preacher, a teetotaler who ran afoul of obscenity laws 
August 14th, 2017, 05:30 PM
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Secular thought arrived via not just luminaries but also everyday atheists: a cartoonist, a rogue traveling preacher, a teetotaler who ran afoul of obscenity laws 

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He was reckless and inept, bilked his rich and hopeless clients, slept with his sister-in-law, molested his younger sister. Was this the real Sigmund Freud?
August 14th, 2017, 05:30 PM
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He was reckless and inept, bilked his rich and hopeless clients, slept with his sister-in-law, molested his younger sister. Was this the real Sigmund Freud?

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