Tag Archives: philosophy

Explanations, Natural Laws and Latin Masses

This isn’t going to make the cut for an academic paper, but I like it and couldn’t resist sharing: In many explanations, especially in chemistry, natural laws play a role akin to the role played by the resurrection of Jesus … Continue reading

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Size Matters: Nanoethics

Nanoethics is a thing. A new thing, and a small (heh) thing, but a thing nonetheless. So sometimes when I tell people I work on philosophical issues in nanoscience, they assume I mean nanoethics. I don’t. But what I do … Continue reading

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Architecture, Nanoscience and Epistemology

Writing a dissertation abstract is a bizarre exercise. I feel like I am writing a news feature story about my own research. Luckily, I like writing feature stories, and I like my research. But sometimes I get carried away in … Continue reading

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Philosophy of science as a tool for change

Welcome to the Wednesday link-dump, brought to you by the question that kept coming up over and over this past week in Pittsburgh and New York: How can philosophy make a difference? On Saturday, some of the editors at The American … Continue reading

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On Love, Fermi Problems, and Scientific Reasoning

This week, This American Life ran a Valentine’s Day show. It opened with a story about some Harvard physicists who set out to calculate the odds of finding a girlfriend in the Boston area. I have heard this story before, … Continue reading

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`Surface’ Tension

After an extended vacation from writing on the internet for public consumption, and from writing period (back surgery’s a bitch, friends), I thought it would be nice to put some things I’ve been thinking out for you all to read. … Continue reading

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On ‘On Being the Right Size’

A colleague recently pointed me an article by J.B.S. Haldane, of population genetics fame, entitled “On Being the Right Size.” It’s a good read and quick, and in it Haldane talks about evolution as a “struggle to increase surface in … Continue reading

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Even “Carbon Nanotube Physicists” Need Philosophers

Astrophysicist and NPR blogger Adam Frank recently summarized a contentious debate in the philosophy of physics and foundational physics communities as follows: Carbon-nanotube physicists are so deep within the traditional modes of empirical (i.e., data-driven) scientific investigation that they can happily … Continue reading

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Abstract for an upcoming talk

Here are some things I’m going to talk about next week. It summarizes where I am in some of my thinking about dissertation research. If anyone wants to hear more and will be in Philadelphia, stop by! Nanochemistry studies materials … Continue reading

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Philosophy of Technology?

Does anyone know of (historical or contemporary) accounts of philosophy of technology where the emphasis of the philosophical account is not on the human-object dialectic (in its metaphysical, ethical, social, or whatever other dimensions you like) but rather on the methodology … Continue reading

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