If you want to be uncontroversial in Philosophy today one thing you can do is oppose is the mind-body distinction. Being a dualist is even less respectable than an idealist. So, if idealism is out, the mind is prima fascia out and we are stuck with the body. Since science has emerged as the Cadillac […]Read More What has the mind-body distinction done for us lately?
In Philosophy, one encounters more differences in style than differences in content. The advantage of this is that one comes across many ways of expressing similar thoughts. One thought I often try to express is that truth should be understood as revealing, and always bound up with falsity, concealing. Forced to justify my claim against […]Read More Translatability of models, and translation as such
When I woke up today, at about 2 pm, I put on CBC radio 2 – notably on a radio and not as a streaming feed from the internet. The significance of this is it was not compromised by system performance, or by the need to shut down or restart. The upshot is there has […]Read More FM Radio
Premise 1: It appears on the face of it, to everyday thinking, that the right thing to do concerning climate change is to reduce one’s own emissions as much as possible, or at least as much as is convenient, and to lobby the state to change laws concerning carbon and energy, and to encourage friends […]Read More Moral Universalizability and Climate Change: a Restatement
I have after hearing Geoff Berner’s new song – from the same man who brought you “Maginot Line”, now we have the official 2010 Olympics theme song! Go here to hear it – or download for free!Read More In a wild upset – Tristan throws his weight behind the Olympics!
We think of library as a civic or institutional space, it is essentially public. However, we also have our personal libraries. We stay in our rooms, peruse our own shelves. It is common at least in the way the upper class is portrayed in the 19th century for a library to be a room in […]Read More The Library
I’ve spent a bit of time recently organizing and uploading my better photos from iphoto to the internet, using the handy Google inbuilt software which allows within program uploading to Picasa. Here are some of the galleries: Winter Scenes Trip to Germany Saturna Island 2002 Pictures of People in the worldRead More Picasa
The question recently came up on a friends blog: what would be the least Carbon intensive method of getting from Ottawa to Vancouver. These numbers are for a single 4800km trip, per person. Jet: 6000kg Train:1000kg Bus: 1500kg Car: Well, Car I can actually calculate. It’s quite easy – for every 432 liters of fuel […]Read More How ecologically friendly is a 14 year old 8 passenger SUV?
I have begun this year to drink a lot more tea. In the past I was a bit snobbish about tea – I only wished to drink loose leaf tea and only from the best stores. This does not translate well when you live by yourself and your only kitchen is a mile high stack […]Read More On Tea
Some people have decided that the science shows us that humanity can produce a maximum of 750kg per year each of carbon dioxyde, and that therefore it is morally dubious to to think that one has a right to produce more than that unless one has an argument as to why one has the right […]Read More An argument concerning the morality of climate change