On a longstanding problem in biology and how philosophy helps by Massimo Pigliucci Philosophy Now edited by O Society April 12, 2019 Biologists and (some) philosophers seem to share an obsession: they apparently never tire of discussions about the nature of biological species. What exactly is a species? If you happen to enroll in graduate studies … Continue reading Wittgenstein Posthumously Solves the Species Problem
Shoshana Zuboff’s “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism” explains how Big Tech came to dominate our lives. written by Alex Ross New Yorker edited by O Society April 9, 2019 A decade ago, the residents of the English village of Broughton, in Buckinghamshire, formed a human chain to block an intruder. A car with a camera … Continue reading How Big Tech Built the Iron Cage
Karl Popper (1974 video) by Philosophy Overdose https://youtu.be/sLDpj8dx0UU Comprising excerpts from the documentary Philosophie Gegen Falsche Propheten (1974), or ‘Philosophy Against False Prophets,’ this video is a robust primer on the ideas and legacy of Karl Popper. The influential Austrian-born thinker elucidates his concept of falsifiability, which holds scientific theories can never be proven true, … Continue reading A doctrine against doctrinaires: the enduring radical modesty of Karl Popper
by Caitlin Johnstone edited by O Society March 27, 2019 “Mueller Finds No Trump-Russia Conspiracy,” reads the front page headline of Sunday’s New York Times. Bit by bit, mainstream American consciousness is slowly coming to terms with the death of the thrilling conspiracy theory that the highest levels of the US government had been infiltrated by the Kremlin, … Continue reading The Illusory Truth Effect: How Millions Were Duped By Russiagate
Conversation Most Americans use rare earth elements every day – without knowing it, or knowing anything about what they do. That could change, as these unusual materials are becoming a focal point in the escalating trade war between the U.S. and China. Stanley Mertzman, a geologist whose specialty is X-ray analysis of rocks and minerals … Continue reading What are Rare Earth Elements?
Thank you VIPS for organizing this legit dissent consisting of experts in the field of intelligence and computer forensics. This so-called “Russiagate” narrative is an illustration of our “freedom of the press” failure in the US due to groupthink and self censorship. He who pays the piper is apt to call the tune. It is … Continue reading VIPS: Mueller’s Forensics-Free Findings
Neuroscience gives us invaluable, wondrous knowledge about the brain – including an awareness of its limitations written by Alan Jasanoff Aeon edited by O Society Mar 10, 2019 More than 2,000 years ago, the semi-mythical father of medicine, Hippocrates of Kos, challenged the spiritualists of his time with a bold claim about the nature of the human … Continue reading On Being Human: No, Your Brain is Not a Computer