Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Estranged Notions: Is the Passage of Time Real or Just an Illusion?

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Is the Passage of Time Real or Just an Illusion?

Vogt calls the B-theory of time “controversial”, but according to the Philpapers survey the B-theory is much more popular than the A-theory, especially with philosophers of physical science; A-theoryism is correlated with such positions as Aristotelianism, not being a philosopher of science generally or physical science in particular, being a philosopher of religion, belief in libertarian free will, non-physicalism of minds, non-consequentialism in ethics, and so on.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Estranged Notions: Why Sean Carroll’s “The Big Picture” Is Too Small

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Why Sean Carroll’s “The Big Picture” Is Too Small

Vogt has been promising us his review of Carroll's book for some weeks now, but this is merely an ‘introduction’ to the review; nothing of substance here. The closest Vogt gets to that is the usual knee-jerk criticism of reductionism.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Estranged Notions: 5 Reasons Why the Universe Can’t Be Merely a Brute Fact

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5 Reasons Why the Universe Can’t Be Merely a Brute Fact

As usual, the proponents of the PSR find themselves making unjustified claims for the very basic reason that they have no valid criterion for defining what an ‘explanation’ is.