Massimo Pigliucci is professor of philosophy at the City University of New York–Lehman College, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and author of Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk. His essays can be found at rationallyspeaking.org.
Mathematical Explanations and Degrees of Impossibility
Whose Burden of Proof?
The Proper Role of Sociology of Science
Physicists against Philosophers
Singularity As Pseudoscience
What’s So Bad about Ad Hoc Hypotheses?
Explanations in Search of Observations
Being Reasonable about Neuroscience
A review of Who’s in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain by Michael Gazzaniga
Psychoanalysis and Social Constructivism
Turing Test for Human Beings
A review of The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us about What It Means to Be Alive by Brian Christian
Hume vs. Rousseau: The Limits of Human Reason
The Hopeless War against Intelligent Design Creationism
Personal Genomics: The Fine Line between Science and Narcissism
A review of Here Is a Human Being: At the Dawn of Personal Genomics by Misha Angrist
Popper vs. Kuhn: The Battle for Understanding How Science Works
The Science of Unique Events
The Problem with Neurosexism
A review of Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference by Cordelia Fine
On Time Travel
Where does the know-how to build time machines ultimately come from?
As I'm sure most Skeptical Inquirer readers are aware, November 2009 was "global warming denialism month." This is not an official United Nations...
Is There a Difference between Basic and Applied Science?
Humans like to classify things into discrete boxes. It helps us make sense of our complex and often chaotic world. A classic problem in philosophy is whether...
The Moral Duty of a Skeptic
I assume that most readers of the Skeptical Inquirer think that skepticism is a good thing...
Logophobics have developed strategies to obfuscate clear thinking, which they deploy whenever pressed by a skeptic.
On the Moon
There is nothing like new facts to add some excitement to supposedly established theories.
Hard and Soft Science: Physics vs. Psychology
It turns out that the replicability of findings in psychology is no worse than that of findings in particle physics.
The Tree of Life
Darwin famously drew only one figure in The Origin of Species, which was published 150 years ago...
Experimental Philosophy, an Oxymoron?
Is it inconveivable, for instance, for an ethical philosopher to write a paper in that field as if he had never heard of...
The Brain on Justice
Justice, fairness and the efficient distribution of resources do not seem at first the sort of topics that should interest...
Theories and hypotheses are the outcome of creative thinking, and creative thinking requires imagination, not just knowledge.
Creationist Peer Review
Arguing, teaching, and doing research means that one accepts the rule of rational, evidence-based discourse...