A couple of years ago, Harvard statistics PhD student Kareem Carr ignited a firestorm of debate when he talked about 2+2=5. Apples kept coming up in the debate as the quintessential example of a countable thing. "I have two apples. I get two more apples. Now I have four apples. Always. Math is never wrong." For some reason the example was always apples. Thinking about that finally bore fruit in the making of this: How many apples do you count in this image? [more inside]
I research and read a great deal of texts on a consistent basis - here I share a collection of resources with thought provoking and or significant issues and news on a wide array of vital topics. Within the site are subsite-megaposts on a variety of topics. Largely posts without comment. Comments variously interspersed.
I wrote a book! It’s a popular science book (no equations), and it’s called What is Real? The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics. It’s about the 90-year-long struggle to decipher what quantum physics says about the true nature of the world around us. It’s my first book, and I’m still in shock that it’s done (and I'm really nervous about promoting it here). But apparently people like it: the New York Times called What is Real? “a thorough, illuminating exploration of the most consequential controversy raging in modern science.” [more inside]
Hi-Phi Nation is the first story-driven, narrative podcast on contemporary philosophy. Every week we begin with compelling stories of ordinary and extraordinary human experiences, and transform them into an examination of philosophical ideas. We profile stories from war, crime, politics, religion, public health and policy, science, and history that raise philosophical questions, and we answer them with the help of contemporary academic philosophers. The aim of the show is to bring fans of the best narrative, story-driven podcasts like Invisibilia, Radiolab, 99% Invisible, and This American Life into philosophy. We're halfway through the first season, so subscribe and binge now!
A philosophy paper on punishment and education I published with Daniel Levine in the Radical Philosophy Review where we argue for a novel sense of the reprobative function of punishment in the context of our prison work. [more inside]
This is a sort of manifesto calling for a new orientation for writing and art, one based on the conscious desire to elucidate our subtlest and most elusive experiences, as the only true path to understanding human nature -- and ultimately making progress on the problems that plague individuals and society.
A while back I posted a collection of free online courses in philosophy. Through a weird confluence of events, that led to interest in teaching philosophy outside of the university, first at an Anarchist Free School, and then at Jessup Correctional Institution in Maryland. This website is an attempt to collect and organize our activities. We hope to fund accreditation or join with a program recently begun by the nearby Goucher College to offer Bachelor's degrees. Meanwhile, we offer courses as "reading groups."
This is an article that puts forward a new theory of the meaning of life, one based on self-expression. It's the product of many years of thinking at the intersection of psychology, philosophy, and religion.
On February 20, 1974, science fiction author Philip K. Dick began a journey into an otherworldly state of being. He was no longer just writing about the fantastic, but entered an utterly strange, strangely compelling, far country of experience. He wrote that he felt the presence of a twin, whom he called Thomas, who he thought must have lived in apostolic days. Many of his thoughts, which he did not neglect to put on paper, are scattered, almost confused, a man who was reaching beyond reality and trying to put the things he found in terms ill suited for the concrete. [more inside]
A runaway trolley will run over five people. You have a chance to stop the trolley by shoving a fat man in its path. If your first question is not, "is it morally right to do so?" but "how fat does a man need to be to stop a trolley?" this short animation will examine these concerns. [more inside]
This is the beginning of a book I’m working on. I’ve linked first to where it starts from the beginning and not the reverse chronological order that the main site shows, the normal link. Right now it’s the roughest possible draft, jumping around to whatever comes into my head, having experienced just recently some intense stuff, the inspiration for this book. I know there is already a book out there with the same title, totally different idea. To comment you must register, wanted to make sure that you couldn’t comment unless you really wanted to. It’s an ongoing affair, hopefully I’ll update it every day with a little tidbit.
How physics connects to personal happiness...
I also hope people are interested in the accompanying facebook group.
My handle (PHINC) is short for Philosophy INC, a project I've been working on for probably around ten years. Mostly I've used it to promote local events and art projects. Now I've turned Philosophy INC into a media project selling altered images of places I've visited. Mostly I'm looking for input on how this might be improved.
A while back I whipped up a guide to free podcasts and online resources in response to budget cuts in the US and UK that have begun to threaten the existence of philosophy departments. It's by far the most popular thing I've ever written. This new page is intended as a continually updating version of that one-off post, and I'd appreciate advice on how to structure it and suggestions on good resources you've found. [more inside]
If want to live in a world where being a scientist is considered bad ass, and philosophers are worshiped like rock stars, so my newest lineup of t-shirts parodies famous band logos by re-purposing them to celebrate some of the world's most influential minds. Hope you enjoy them.
Last year we had a 9 week overview of western philosophy geared towards artists and makers. This year we tackle the history and philosophy of the idea of the rhizome, among other things. It's an introduction to philosophy for artists, an introduction to psychoanalysis for philosophers, an introduction to pragmatics for psychoanalysts and an introduction to art for pragmatists. This happens in Portland, OR, but you can follow online. Week 3 is online in its entirety, and there's more to follow. Also, our instructor is hosting reading groups under the name First Hand Philosophy. [more inside]
Fragments of The Future outlines 26 big ideas that will likely shape the human future. This is a short, thought-provoking read. In this book you will learn about: 1) Two extremely effective classes of drugs that are not yet, but likely will be, used for smoking cessation 2) How religion will change in the near future 3) How governments can do help irresponsible people while simultaneously helping society 4) What families in the future will look like 5) The likely fate of the Neanderthals ...and much more... If you do read this book, please send me an e-mail with your thoughts. Many thanks, Rich E. Glamape
Some people believe that patterns or structures are the fundamental reality. I would like to find more of these people.
In honor of my 1,000th visitor, I am re-posting a philosophy blog I started in December. It's changed considerably since its inception—a different address, some more comments (as opposed to zero when I first posted), and I've been so graciously featured on a fellow blogger's page. And, most importantly, 1,000 more visitors (most of that is probably spam, but I don't care!) Please tell me if there's anything important missing from it, or anything I could do differently. [more inside]