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Friday
Feb102012

RS54 - The 'isms' Episode

Release date: February 12, 2012


In this episode Massimo and Julia ask, "Is the fundamental nature of the world knowable by science alone?", looking at the issue through the lenses of a series of related philosophical positions: determinism, reductionism, physicalism, and naturalism. All of those "isms" take a stance on the question of whether there are objectively "correct" ways to interpret scientific facts -- like physical laws, or causality -- and if so, how do we decide what the correct interpretation is? Along the way, Massimo and Julia debate the nature of emergent properties, whether math is discovered or invented, and whether it's even logically possible for "supernatural" things to exist.

Julia's pick: "The Robot's Rebellion: Finding Meaning in the Age of Darwin"
Massimo's pick: "Did Darwin Write the Origin Backwards: Philosophical Essays on Darwin's Theory "

References:

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/properties-emergent/
http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/determinism-causal/

Reader Comments (26)

That was Funn. Might have to revisit it again at a later date. You guys kept opening new doors of inquiry here that could have continued on indefinitely with even more 'Isms' coming into play. Many Thankz!! ;])
January 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterErnesto

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