Forever 35? Thoughts on a society of immortals

One of the challenges of writing speculative fiction (science fiction or fantasy) is that often, your characters are really fucking old and it can be hard to know what to do with that. [Read more…]

PZ Myers on scientists vs. technicians (with philosophy!)

PZ Myers has a fascinating post up about a fiasco involving ENCODE, which PZ describes as “a body of very well funded, high ranking scientists working at prestigious institutions who are actively and obviously fitting the data to a set of unworkable theoretical presuppositions, and completely ignoring the rebuttals that are appearing at a rapid [Read More…]

Evo psych links

When I did my last open thread, someone asked for more on evolutionary psychology. I have at least one idea for a post I may write on the subject in the future when I have time, but for now, let me direct you to a couple really good evo psych links I’ve found recently. [Read more…]

From the archives: Gary Gutting on convictions and scientific beliefs

The final part of my review of Gary Gutting’s book What Philosopehrs Know, originally published in December 2010. [Read more…]

Would you bet your life on your philosophy of mind?: Some thoughts on uploading

The overall reaction to this thread was not quite what I was hoping for, but I’m going to press ahead with some thoughts on consciousness anyway. Specifically, I want to talk about how the problem of consciousness relates to the issue of uploading. [Read more…]

More on why you should be worried about autonomous killer robots

I just stumbled across a great Popular Science article titled, “The Terminator Scenario,” which gives a good explanation of why we should be worried about the coming of autonomous military robots. Key quotes (emphasis mine): I asked that question of Werner Dahm, the chief scientist of the Air Force and the lead author on “Technology [Read More…]

Why South Korea is leading the way in building killer robots

When I moved this blog to Patheos, I was asked to pick a tagline and I ended up going with the first thing that came to mind: “Philosophy, atheism, killer robots.” Roll your cursor over the browser tag, you should be able to see it This was not a throw-away joke: I really do mean [Read More…]


Two different bloggers I read–Yvain and Zinnia–are both involved in a new startup called MetaMed. It sounds really cool, because it sounds like the people behind it are seriously committed to increasing the amount of rationality that goes into medicine. Unfortunately, it sounds like the personalization aspect means its services are likely to be expensive. [Read More…]

Global temperature charts

A week ago I got into an argument with a friend about global warming, which annoyed me at first but was probably a good thing, because it led to us Googling temperature data, where I found these two charts on Wikipedia: [Read more…]