Debate: academic freedom

Steve Fuller and Alan Haworth debate the merits of a ‘Statement of Academic Freedom’ Dear Steve, It is easy to empathise with your hostility to the attempts of politicians, bureaucrats, and the like, to interfere…

Just Deserts?

There is widespread (though not universal) agreement that one thing morality and justice require is that people get what they deserve. But there are divergences in the use of the term “deserve”. And there are…

SciPhi On Magic

Have you ever watched a magic trick and thought ‘how did he do that?’ From the simplest card trick right up to the most complex stage show, magic requires us to suspend belief and accept…

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…