Philosophy of Science


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Video/Philosophy of Science

How LSD helped a scientist find beauty in a peculiar and overlooked form of life

6 minutes

Idea/Knowledge

The tree of knowledge is not an apple or an oak but a banyan

Jonardon Ganeri

Video/Knowledge

Models are always imperfect, and the ones we choose greatly shape our experience

3 minutes

Idea/Philosophy of Science

Why children ask ‘Why?’ and what makes a good explanation

Matteo Colombo

Idea/History of Science

The missing fossils matter as much as the ones we have found

Adrian Currie & Derek Turner

Idea/History of Ideas

How fashion moves philosophy forward

J Bradley Studemeyer

Video/Philosophy of Science

‘Falsification’ ruled 20th-century science. Does it need revision in the 21st?

2 minutes

Video/Physics

What makes a magnet? A balletic, visual exploration of electromagnetic force

3 minutes

Idea/History of Science

Reporters should ask themselves: ‘What would Einstein do?’

Thomas Levenson

Essay/Social Psychology

Truth in stereotypes

Social scientists dismiss them, but rather than being universally inaccurate, stereotypes are often grounded in reality

Lee Jussim

Video/Mathematics

Maths notation is needlessly complex. It can and should be better

8 minutes

Video/Physics

From relativity to quantum theory – our physical world explored through coffee

9 minutes

Idea/Philosophy of Science

Why science needs to break the spell of reductive materialism

Stuart Kauffman

Essay/Logic

Why is simpler better?

Ockham’s Razor says that simplicity is a scientific virtue, but justifying this philosophically is strangely elusive

Elliott Sober

Idea/Logic

The great mystery of mathematics is its lack of mystery

Scott Aaronson

Idea/Philosophy of Science

Galileo’s reputation is more hyperbole than truth

Thony Christie

Idea/Philosophy of Science

Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

David Papineau

Essay/Philosophy of Science

Epic fails

Great theories can spend decades waiting for verification. Failed theories do too. Is there any way to tell them apart?

Thomas Levenson

Essay/Philosophy of Science

The cold fusion horizon

Is cold fusion truly impossible, or is it just that no respectable scientist can risk their reputation working on it?

Huw Price

Idea/Philosophy of Science

Cosmologists should be more skeptical of dark matter

Stuart Clark

Essay/Biology

Paradigms lost

Science is not a ‘body of knowledge’ – it’s a dynamic, ongoing reconfiguration of knowledge and must be free to change

David P Barash

Video/Philosophy of Science

Richard Feynman on why science adds beauty in the Universe: it does not subtract

5 minutes

Video/Philosophy of Science

Our existence is both cosmically trivial and linked to everything that ever was

7 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/History of Ideas

Was there any before, before the Big Bang?

6 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Philosophy of Religion

How wonder – the linchpin of inspiration and inquiry – makes humans unique

4 minutes

Essay/Logic

Why things happen

Either cause and effect are the very glue of the cosmos, or they are a naive illusion due to insufficient math. But which?

Mathias Frisch

Video/Death

What separates life from death? The line is fuzzier than we might expect

6 minutes

Essay/Astronomy

In the beginning

Cosmology has been on a long, hot streak, racking up one imaginative and scientific triumph after another. Is it over?

Ross Andersen

Essay/Evolution

Possible creatures

It seemed Darwin had banished biological essences – yet evolution would fail without nature’s library of Platonic forms

Andreas Wagner

Essay/Philosophy of Science

Too many worlds

Nobody knows what happens inside quantum experiments. So why are some so keen to believe in parallel universes?

Philip Ball