Wakefield – the Cooked-up “Controversy” that Will Not Die

I didn’t pay much attention the Wakefield MMR paper when it first started generating controversy: I wasn’t bothered whether its conclusions were correct or not, because I figured that it’s in the nature of science for certain putative discoveries later to be debunked.  But the years passed, and as I paid a bit more attention, […]

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Killing, Letting Die, and Epistemology

David Shoemaker has an interesting post on PEASoup about the epistemology of advance directives.  Starting from a fairly standard thought-experiment about an older, dementing person who wants to accept treatment that her younger, pre-demented person had refused, he adds to the standard metaphysical arguments a claim that the real puzzle for ADs isn’t metaphysical, it’s […]

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A Very Small Post about Homeopathy

I know I keep stressing the distinction between ethics and activist – and how it’s usually just before I witter on about something vaguely activistic.  However, I do think it’s worth popping over to look at the 10:23 Campaign, which takes a robust and sceptical attitude to homeopathy. If you’re not sure about why it’s […]

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Chuck Norris on why Obamacare is Bad

You know Chuck Norris: martial-arts-film-star-bloke-turned-right-wing-commentator-and-walking-internet-meme.  Yep.  Him.  Well, he’s identified exactly what’s wrong with Obamacare.  It might mean publicly funded terminations of pregnancy.  And imagine what state the world’d be in if the Virgin Mary had had an abortion.  Go on.  Imagine it. [A]s we near the eve of another Christmas, I wonder: What would have […]

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Too Braney by Half?

One of my favourite blogs is spEak You’re bRanes, “dedicated to the dribble-spattered lunacy of BBC ‘Have Your Say’ discussions”.  It’s splenetic, merciless and very, very funny in its dissections of the bigoted, ill-considered and illiterate bilge that gets posted under the guise of “discussion” on the BBC news website.  To be fair, the Beeb has to […]

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Free stuff!

Philosophy books are expensive. Never fear: Librivox has loads of free audiobooks.  The search is not the most efficient I’ve seen, but there’s definitely some Kant and some Mill (and some HP Lovecraft) on there, so it’s hard to complain.  (Though I’m kind of in agreement with Brian Leiter when he comments that “Of course, […]

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