About Rationally Speaking
Rationally Speaking is a blog maintained by Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, a philosopher at the City University of New York. The blog reflects the Enlightenment figure Marquis de Condorcet's idea of what a public intellectual (yes, we know, that's such a bad word) ought to be: someone who devotes himself to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them." You're welcome. Please notice that the contents of this blog can be reprinted under the standard Creative Commons license.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
* What do philosophers believe? David Chalmers conducted a comprehensive survey of philosophers from 99 universities. I was surprised to learn that the majority believe there are objective truths in ethics and aesthetics.
* A send-up of infographics.
* More interesting results on the way we instinctively make physical analogies to abstract concepts.
* Why is so much philosophy so tedious?
* Daniel Kahneman gives a great TED talk on the difference between how we experience happiness and how we remember it.
* Through a series of very cleverly-designed experiments, researchers deduce how ants navigate in the desert.
* You may have heard about the Amazonian tribe that "doesn't count higher than 5". Here's an in-depth discussion of how they think about numbers.