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.
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Can There Be a Science of Free Will?
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Is There Such a Thing as Macroevolution?
Even creationists make progress.
Evolutionary Epistemology, Anyone
Wittgenstein wrote that "Darwin's theory has no more to do with philosophy than any other hypothesis in natural science."
The Neuro-philosophy of Regred
For millennia, the study of the mind and the relationship between reason and emotions was the exclusive domain of philosophy.
One More Take on Reductionism vs. Holism
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When Philosophy Matters
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Is Physics Turning into Philosophy?
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Is Evolutionary Psychology a Pseudoscience?
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Planet X and the Issue of Definitions in Science
Planet X, the long-hypothesized tenth member of the solar system, has finally been discovered by a group of astronomers...
Just the Facts, Ma’am: Empirical vs. Rationalist Approaches to Understanding
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The Power and Perils of Metaphors in Science
Humans apparently cannot avoid thinking, at least occasionally, by images and parallels to already known situations.
Are the Historical Sciences Sciences?
Are historical sciences somehow inferior to experimental ones? This attitude, sometimes referred to as "physics envy..."
The So-called Gaia Hypothesis
Is Earth a living organism? Broadly speaking, this is the chief claim of a family of theories often referred to as "Gaia."
Do Extraordinary Claims Really Require Extraordinary Evidence?
Carl Sagan had a rare gift for making clear rather abstruse ideas.
Piltdown and How Science Really Works
When one debates creationists, one is bound to run up against the infamous Piltdown forgery. This is the case of an alleged...
And the Mechanism Is ...
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A new brand of creationism has appeared on the scene in the last few years.