Linguistics – Not a new thing

Linguistics is the study of language, including its elements, character, structure and modifications. Much has been said in academic circles about structural and poststructural approaches but serious thinking about language goes back to ancient times. In pre-Christian Greece, several old school philosophers discussed issues arising around logos (speech, account, reason, definition, rational faculty, proportion) and… Read More Linguistics – Not a new thing

BOOK REVIEW: AI and the future of human beings all comes down to one word: control | + Opinion

Stuart Russell’s book is a serious overview of the artificial intelligence challenge Source: BOOK REVIEW: AI and the future of human beings all comes down to one word: control Opinion: The scary future that pessimists often outline isn’t just about physical robots controlling us. That may be part of it, for sure. I actually had… Read More BOOK REVIEW: AI and the future of human beings all comes down to one word: control | + Opinion

Is this “one of the worst scientific scandals of all time”? | Cosmos | + Opinion

Hans Eysenck comes under fire – again. Stephen Fleischfresser reports. Source: Is this “one of the worst scientific scandals of all time”? | Cosmos Opinion: If we question psychology and psychiatry today, chances are we get a muted response at best. People are afraid of stirring up that pot because, well, meds might make the difference… Read More Is this “one of the worst scientific scandals of all time”? | Cosmos | + Opinion

John Locke – Antiquated and Modern

John Locke (1632-1704) was a British thinker and physician who had a profound influence on Western philosophy, particularly within so-called British Empiricism and the Enlightenment. Locke believed the human infant enters the world with a tabula rasa—that is, a blank slate. For Locke, we inherit nothing more than physical characteristics and a basic sense of… Read More John Locke – Antiquated and Modern

Karl Popper, the enemy of certainty, part 1: a rejection of empiricism | Liz Williams | The Guardian | + Opinion

Liz Williams: How to believe: The effects of Karl Popper’s work are still being felt today both within and beyond the philosophy of science Source: Karl Popper, the enemy of certainty, part 1: a rejection of empiricism | Liz Williams | Opinion | The Guardian Opinion: Popper was one of those names that kept cropping… Read More Karl Popper, the enemy of certainty, part 1: a rejection of empiricism | Liz Williams | The Guardian | + Opinion

Physicist advances a radical theory of gravity – Big Think | + Opinion

In 2016, Verlinde’s ideas were tested by a team from Leiden Observatory, which found that a key prediction of the physicist held up. They studied the lensing effect of gravitational fields that are far away from the centers of more than 33,000 galaxies and found the numbers to be consistent with what the Dutch scientist’s… Read More Physicist advances a radical theory of gravity – Big Think | + Opinion