May 2005

Seems a bit over-simplified to me, but never mind…. You scored as Materialist. Materialism stresses the essence of fundamental particles. Everything that exists is purely physical matter and there is no special force that holds life together. You believe that anything can be explained by breaking it up into its pieces. i.e. the big picture…

Read More Another vaguely philosophical web quiz

Nice cartoon in Salon today by Ruben Bolling: Creationists challenge the teaching of water’s freezing point. (As usual, click the thumbnail to view it. If you’re not a Salon subscriber, you may have to jump through a small hoop.) The punch line: The creationists found unlikely support among students in China and India. “Yes, America,…

Read More That atheistic theory of freezing water….

In her blog, Eike Rathke of the OpenOffice team skewers the idiots in Texas who want to ban suggestive cheerleading: “Why don’t they just burn some of them as it would be appropriate in God’s own country obeying God’s own laws?” Indeed. If you really believe in infallible, unalterable religious texts, you can’t afford to…

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Joy-joy: “Safari / Dashboard vulnerability in OS X 10.4” And this Widget Manager preference pane might be useful, too. [Right now I’m running without any widgets in the Dashboard, and I’ve disabled Spotlight indexing – see man mdutil. The system feels much more stable and predictable – virtually no spinning beachballs….]

Read More Required reading for anyone using Mac OS X "Tiger"

So that’s the end of the Philosophy of Mind course that I’ve been taking. Lectures, check. Term paper, check. Final exam, check. Now I wait to hear how I did. I came out of the final exam feeling pretty good about it. Yes, I’d blanked on two of the short disambiguation questions (on Block’s psychofunctionalism…

Read More That's that, then

Interesting blog meme spotted over at Glorfindel of Gondolin‘s blog: the Caesar’s Bath question: ‘list five things that people in your circle of friends or peer group are wild about, but you can’t really understand the fuss over. To use the words of Caesar (from History of the World Part I), “Nice. Nice. Not thrilling…

Read More Caesar's Bath thread: "what's all the fuss about?"

Just updated my blogroll to include four philosophy-related blogs: Majikthise, David Chalmers (the “philosophical zombies” guy), The Web of Belief (a group blog authored by fellow students from Tufts), and Ignacio’s individual blog. In addition, I came across Chalmers’ useful list of philosophy-related blogs (which needs pruning, but never mind).

Read More Updated blogroll