Favorite essays & videos

Below is a partial list of some of my favorite essays and videos that I have authored or participated in on behalf of external platforms (i.e., not my own site or publication). I think they may be worth reading or watching. Most recent entries at the top within each group.

Practical Philosophy

General Philosophy

  • What is this thing called pseudoscience? How to tell science from bunk (IAI News)
  • Free speech and virtue ethics (Aereo Magazine)
  • No Matter How You Put It, Scientism Is Still A Bad Idea (APA blog)
  • The editors of Philosophical Psychology stalled and rejected our commentary to an unscientific and racist publication. (Medium)
  • The perils of knowledge in a pandemic. Fake news and pseudoscience during a pandemic is a moral issue we’re all responsible for. (Institute of Art and Ideas)
  • Living the good life. (APA blog)
  • How (and why) to choose your philosophy of life. A philosophical guide for living a good life. (Institute of Art and Ideas)
  • An 8-part exchange between Philip Goff and myself on the science and philosophy of panpsychism, the notion that consciousness is somehow elemental in the universe. (Wiki.Letter)
  • Consciousness is real. Consciousness is neither a spooky mystery nor an illusory belief. It’s a valid and causally efficacious biological reality. (Aeon)
  • Wisdom: what is it? (The Philosophers’ Magazine)
  • The big myths in and on science. Why do bad scientific theories live for so long? (Institute of Art and Ideas)
  • An 8-part exchange of letters between David Sloan Wilson and myself about the usefulness of Darwinian theory in the understanding of human history (Wiki.Letter)
  • Richard Feynman was wrong about beauty and truth in science (Aeon)
  • Set your alarm clock (on the metaphysics and ethics of time) (New Philosopher)
  • Human Nature and the ethical life (Project Syndicate)
  • Diogenes the Cynic vs Elon Musk (Institute of Art and Ideas)
  • Is there a universal morality? (The Evolution Institute)
  • The problem with scientism (APA Blog)
  • The case for more science and philosophy books for children (Nautilus)
  • Must science be testable? (Aeon)
  • When philosophy of science matters: pseudoscience, public health, and public policy (APA Blog)
  • Why do we need an extended evolutionary synthesis? (EES Blog)
  • God and the Source of Morality — On the Euthyphro dilemma (The Philosopher’s Magazine, part I & part II)
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Value of Philosophy (HuffPost)
  • The dangers of pseudoscience (New York Times)
  • What Hard Problem? (Philosophy Now)
  • Who knows what: on the relationship between the sciences and the humanities (Aeon)

Videos

Practical Philosophy

Philosophy of Science

General Philosophy