22 avril 2018

Rubio Changes Tune on Philosophers

HomeBy Paul Fain. Senator Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, repeatedly criticized the academic discipline of philosophy during his campaign to become the GOP's presidential candidate in 2016. "I don't know why we have stigmatized vocational education," Rubio said during one debate. "Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders and less philosophers."
That statement in some ways anticipated recent comments by President Trump, who has suggested that community colleges change their names to vocational schools. More...

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19 avril 2018

Wild, Wild 'Westworld'

HomeScott McLemee reviews Westworld and Philosophy, a collection of essays to be published shortly before the second season of the HBO series begins. More...

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17 avril 2018

Philosophical Implications of New Thought-Imaging Technology

Philosophical Implications of New Thought-Imaging Technology

Justin Weinberg, Daily Nous, 2018/04/03
We have always taken for granted the fact that our thoughts are private. The developments described in this article challenge that idea. " Dan Nemrodov at the University of Toronto-Scarborough is working on a way to use electroencephalography (EEG) and machine learning to digitally reconstruct the images that subjects are seeing. In other words, he is developing a kind of mind reading technology." More here and here. More...

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13 avril 2018

Beethoven's Message

Beethoven's Message
In a famous demonstration, philosopher G.E. Moore demonstrated the reality of a chair to an audience of sceptics by kicking it across the stage. In a similar manner, this author refuts the nihilism of post-modernism by referring to Beethovin's Ninth Symphony and asserting that there is musical perfection. More...

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12 avril 2018

The Mythical Threat of Genetic Determinism

The Mythical Threat of Genetic Determinism
I am an empiricist, which means, in essence, that I believe that knowledge comes from experience. This places me in close company with those who agree that, to use the old expression, our character is determined by nurture, not nature. Genius is produced by exceptional circumstances, not exceptional genertics. More...

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04 avril 2018

The Fundamental Power of Explanation

The Fundamental Power of Explanation
Brett Hall, Philosophy of Science, 2018/03/23
One of the advantages of having a background in the philosophy of science (and, to a degree, in the sciences themselves) is that it puts me in a good position to assess claims that "researchers have found" this or that pertaining to education (mostly, the assessment is that they have found no such thing). More...

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Ontology Usage and Applications White Paper

Ontology Usage and Applications White Paper
Every once in a while in an article I say things like "...and the learning object will access an online service that summarizes the content and adds metatags..." in an offhand manner as though to suggest that it could actually be done. It can actually be done, for example, as described in this white paper. More...

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John Dewey and The Philosopher's Task

John Dewey and The Philosopher's Task
Most educators think of John Dewey as an educational theorist, but philosophers read Dewey as a late pragmatist, a writer trying to balance the needs of the mind with the dictates of experience and especially science, to reconcile rationalism with empiricism. This explains the tension in Dewey's work - and in my own work - as an empiricist eschews the study of experimental result for a less certain enterprise. More...

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23 mars 2018

Philosopher's Critique of Online Learning Cites Existentialists (Mostly Dead)

Philosopher's Critique of Online Learning Cites Existentialists (Mostly Dead)
I missed this one when it came out. Just as well (speaking as a philospher). The cynicism aside, the article does a good job of placing Dreyfus's critiques of online learning into the wider context of Dreyfus's thought generally: "Dreyfus also draws on 20th-century existentialists such as Martin Heidegger and especially Maurice Merleau-Ponty, who argues that the body plays a crucial role in all elements of life, from perception to politics. Without physical bodies, people can attain only intellectual competence in skills." This is the gist of Dreyfus's criticism of artificial intelligence generally, but I believe it is misplaced, not because the knowledge Dreyfus talks about can be acquired by cognition alone (I am not (and never will be) a rationalist), but because we need to think of of the computer and computer networks in an important sense as an extension of the body. More...

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16 mars 2018

Google’s Philosopher

Google’s Philosopher
Robert Herritt, Pacific Stamndard, 2015/01/02
This argument from "Google's philosopher" (actually Oxford ethics professor Luciano Floridi) has been flagged as "novel", but they're actually in line with a lot of contemporary thinking. According to Floridi, 'you are your information, which comprises everything from data about the relations between particles in your body, to your life story, to your memories, beliefs, and genetic code." This reminds me immediately of McLuhan's argument that our tools and devices are extensions of ourselves, and George Siemens's suggestion that our thoughts and ideas are contained in the network beyond our physical brain. More...

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