I used to be a science communicator. When I did a PhD, my research drew mainly on the philosophy of science and science studies. My postdoctoral research was getting moreContinue readingThe meaning of science
In order of rough appearance in history, here are four types of myth. All of them, it should be obvious, are meaningful: they provide their users with what Kenneth Burke called “equipmentContinue readingFour types of myth?
I’ve always thought the big unexplored emancipation or rights movement is helping the unintelligent. Below average intelligence is strongly correlated with poorer life outcomes across many measures. I’m not going all Bell CurveContinue readingI’m with stupid
Well, like anyone I started out totally hopeless, a complete vernix-covered liability. Ageing from zero, my beliefs and opinions have appeared and have more or less been in a complete state of flux. IContinue readingOccupy humanity
Don’t blame the victim and don’t blame the perpetrator. I call out victim blaming wherever I see it. Obviously in rape culture the phrase denotes people who offer reasons that womenContinue readingI blame the victim blamers
We fear that others will be adversely influenced by something that we want to censor: video games, porn, racist invective. But we want to influence others’ behaviour through advertising, campaigning, rhetoric. YetContinue readingThe anxiety over influence