Saturday, March 29, 2014

Faculty Fellowship at Murphy Institute

From late August 2014 to April 2015, I'll be a Faculty Fellow at Tulane's Murphy Institute! This will be an awesome opportunity to meet people doing cool stuff in ethics.

If you want me to come by and give a talk at your place in the US or Canada when I'm not busy Fellowing it up in New Orleans, let me know and I'll try to make it happen.

(The Murphy Institute, as far as I know, has no connection with Murphy's Irish Stout.)

Sunday, March 09, 2014

No form of decision theory suggests biting the Predictor's ear

It'd be neat to present Mike Tyson, Manny Pacquiao, and Floyd Mayweather with Newcomb's problem. If Tyson didn't disqualify himself by biting the lid off the opaque box, we might discover that one boxer is a one-boxer and two boxers are two-boxers.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Mary sees red;
Hume fancies blue.
Possible sweethearts 
Love all of you. 

If p and not p
Entails every q,
All impossibilia
Are now kissing you!

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Come to Singapore, eat delicious Asian food, and be Full!

Have you done many heroic philosophical deeds? Would you like to hang out with over 30 philosophy professors on our tropical island, eat amazing food, and enjoy the warmth of neverending summer? If so, you should apply for a job as Full Professor at the National University of Singapore!

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Life in the Academy

My university's tenure procedures are based on Plato's Theory of Forms. To submit their tenure paperwork, philosophers must grasp and fill out an infinite hierarchy of abstract Forms.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

mmmodal distinctions

If there are scientific laws about what humans will find tasty, they tell us what is nomnomnomologically possible.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Eppur si muove

Which reference to early modern science is the best term for the emergence of running quarterbacks in the NFL: "Newtonian mechanics" or "the Kaepernickan Revolution"?

Friday, December 20, 2013

My TED talk on moral luck

Here's the video of my TED talk back in October. (Really, TEDxNTU, which is kind of the minor league version of TED, at a local university.) They wanted me to talk about moral luck, so that's what I did. I suggest that consequentialists should address moral luck by judging people's virtue and blameworthiness by their motives, while still judging the rightness of actions by their consequences.

Friday, December 13, 2013

How-in-the-world did they miss that?

The heartwarming story of Being and his friend Tim, brought to you by unusually bad copy editing.
(the typo has since been corrected)

Friday, November 29, 2013

Modal Spice was my favorite

I've updated the wikipedia page on anankastic conditionals so that the example, "If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends", is accurately rendered and properly referenced.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Ernst Zermelo would've commented

What would Bertrand Russell have posted about liking your own posts on Facebook? Perhaps, "I like all and only those posts that aren't liked by their own authors." 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Six degrees of Francis Bacon

If your objection to Lewis' modal realism is that the Chronicles of Narnia are bad fantasy novels, you're probably making an ad homonym argument.