Sci-phi: Free will

There is no denying the central role that determinism has played in discussions of free will over the last four hundred years, and possibly far longer than that. Nor can one deny the significant role…

Imagine that

I hereby nominate the song “Viva La Vida” for song of the year. Now, I know if I’m one of the cognoscenti, I’m not even supposed to like Coldplay, let alone this most popular of…

The Skeptic

Oh, well, I should have known. The Sunday Telegraph reported on January 18 that folks working in the City are visiting psychics in dramatically increased numbers in order to gain some insight into the financial…

Sci-phi: Bernard d’Espagnat

Most physicists tend to shy away from the big philosophical questions, but not Bernard d’Espagnat, Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Physics at the University of Paris-Sud. For the last forty years d’Espagnat has discussed the philosophical…

Letter to the American Philosophical Association

In 2007 Charles Hermes, then a PhD student in philosophy, wrote a letter to the American Philosophical Association (APA) to register a complaint about institutions that violated the APA’s anti-discrimination policy. He had applied for…