Archives for January 2013

The Singularity Institute is now the Machine Intelligence Research Institute

Yay! So now people will (hopefully) no longer mistake the Singularity Institute for a subsidiary of Ray Kurzweil. Notably, Kurzweil bought the Singularity Summit from the organization formerly known as the Singularity Institute, and probably there will be some continued working together on that front at least. [Read more…]

Beta testing a book: Chapter 8: William Lane Craig exposed

The footnotes aren’t done and I’m not satisfied with how the material on the resurrection is organized, but I’ve got other things to do than agonize over this, so: I give you what is now chapter 8 of the book, “William Lane Craig exposed.” I decided to limit myself to 3 arguments (Kalam, moral argument, Jesus’ resurrection), [Read More…]

Ad hominem links

If I do end up becoming a philosophy professor, I think one of my big goals in intro classes will be trying to teach students to identify common fallacies… and tell when a particular fallacy isn’t being committed. To that end, I think the following links would make a pretty good reading list on the topic of ad [Read More…]

Animal harm reduction

Andrew Sullivan publishes an e-mail from ex-vegan Rhys Southan. Among other things, Southan explains: [Read more…]

Learned a new term today: incestuous amplification

Paul Krugman taught me a new term today: [Read more…]

Beta testing a book: Chapter 7: There are no good arguments for the existence of God

Okay, here’s another round of revisions on my chapter titled, There are no good arguments for the existence of God, which, thanks to some rearranging/cutting of material from old chapters 6-8, is now chapter 7. Main changes from the previous version of the chapter are that I’ve changed my mind somewhat on Aquinas et al., [Read More…]

The Kryptonian menace

The Mary Sue tweets: “David Goyer seems to be going for a more realistic approach to Superman in Man of Steel, i.e we’d be scared of him.” This makes explicit something only hinted at in the second trailer: [Read more…]

Natalie Reed’s advice to “aspiring writers”

Natalie Reed just dispensed some very good advice to “aspiring writers” on Twitter, which I’m going to compile into one big block quote rather than embedding one tweet at a time (but initial tweet here): [Read more…]

From the archives: Seduced by sophistication (follow up to “Philosophy is dysfunctional”)

While writing another post, I just realized that while I had reposted my post “Philosophy is dysfunctional,” I’d never reposted this, the follow-up. Like the first post, it was originally published in July 2011. [Read more…]