Monthly Archives: December 2010

Philosophising scientists or scientific philosophers in the 17th century

Mark Perakh made a very silly comment at  Panda’s Thumb about the philosophy of science, on which I briefly comment.

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The greatest show on Earth

In antiquity malformations on both men and animals were regarded as warnings from the gods, this old belief still today survives in the word “monster”, from the Latin verb “monere” – meaning “to warn”. Collected first in Cabinets of Curiosities, … Continue reading

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Attacks on philosophy by scientists

Reposted from my home blog. Something that I never really fully understand is why academics feel the need to denigrate other academic disciplines. Just because one happens to think something is so worthwhile that they devoted their lives to it … Continue reading

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Three for the price of one

A Christmas Trinity I A Christmas Trinity II A Christmas Trinity III A ragbag of trivia

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Somewhere in space …

Just a brief notice that, over at Vintage Space, our blogmate Amy Teitel has some recent posts up on the X-15 craft and the Apollo 8 mission.  

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The “missing” Darwin-Mivart letters

I’ve been examining the life and work of St George Jackson Mivart for some time now, so the following caught my eye. Creationist journalist, Denyse O’Leary is making much of a claim that the correspondence between Mivart and Darwin has … Continue reading

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Whewell on Epochs of Induction

When William Whewell set out to write his history of the inductive sciences, he was writing at a time at which it was not uncommon to see history in terms of the actions of ‘Great Men’. The temptation to do … Continue reading

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