Suggested readings, #20

Here are some interesting articles I’ve come across recently, for your consideration:

“And the prize for speculation goes to…” How physics went down a post-empirical dead end. Theoretical physicists who devised a theory for which there is no evidence have received a $3m award. Why is this not surprising? (Prospect Magazine)

Why Philosophers Shouldn’t Sign Petitions. Our job – says the author – is to persuade by argument, not by wielding influence. But I think she doesn’t know what petitions are for. They are not arguments meant at persuading. (New York Times)

How quantitative thinking shaped our worldview. (OUP Blog)

Debunking debunked. Secular modernity requires the weeding out of all the baloney. Yet it’s not clear that we are any less credulous than before. (Aeon)

Mocking Nature. Whereby the author brings a Green perspective to discussions of religious insult. Not sure I buy it, but here it is. (Philosophy Now)

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Massimo is the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. He blogs at and He is the author of How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life.

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