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EPR, 80 years on

Wayne C. Myrvold80 years ago, in the May 15, 1935 issue of Physical Review, a remarkable paper was published, whose impact on our thinking about the world has been substantial, in ways that would, perhaps, have astonished the authors. The paper was concerned with a very abstract point about the nature of physical reality. But [...]

2016-01-29T11:51:19+00:00 May 15th, 2015|Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy of Science|

Why Talk to Philosophers? Part IV.

Wayne Myrvold Here's the latest in our series of physicists writing about the value of philosophy:  Ivette Fuentes on the interplay between science and philosophy (and also science and the arts!)  Science and philosophy share common goals. They aim at developing and deepening our understanding of reality, at uncovering the basic constituents of the Universe [...]

2014-07-01T08:50:50+00:00 July 1st, 2014|Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy of Science|

Why Talk to Philosophers? Part III.

Wayne Myrvold Continuing our series of physicists writing about what they find vaulable in philosophy and in talking to philosophers, here's Lee Smolin. My knowledge of the history and philosophy of physics helps me understand the challenges, frustrations and puzzles I encounter in my research, by putting them in the context of the long history [...]

2014-06-25T09:15:01+00:00 June 25th, 2014|Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy of Science|

Why Talk to Philosophers? Part II.

Wayne Myrvold Continuing our series of physicists talking about why they find philosophy valuable (Part I here), here's Carlo Rovelli. The recent dismissive remarks about philosophy by Neil deGrasse Tyson reopen a debate which I think is worthwhile reopening. Neil deGrasse Tyson is not the only one to consider philosophy useless for science. Many of my [...]

2014-06-24T19:28:32+00:00 June 24th, 2014|Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy of Science|

Why Talk to Philosophers? Part I.

Wayne Myrvold About a month ago, I did a guest post over at New APPS that was prompted by philosophers’ responses to Neil de Grasse Tyson’s dismissive remarks about philosophy. Unsurprisingly, attitudes towards philosophy vary widely among physicists, and there are plenty of physicists who have a much more positive attitude towards philosophy. Some of [...]

2014-06-24T19:29:37+00:00 June 20th, 2014|Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy of Science|

New publication: Kerry McKenzie review of Basic Structures of Reality: Essays in Meta-Physics, by Colin McGinn

by Wayne Myrvold Rotman Institute Post-doctoral Fellow in Philosophy of Science Kerry McKenzie has published a review of Colin McGinn's book, Basic Structures of Reality: Essays in Meta-Physics in  Mind.  To my mind, the review is of interest not only for what it says about the book in question, but for the larger questions it [...]

2014-03-18T15:35:49+00:00 November 1st, 2013|Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy of Science|

IPCC and the Media: Don’t be misled (again)

By Wayne Myrvold I wish that I had suggested “Don’t be fooled” for the title of Gordon McBean’s blog post earlier this week, instead of “Don’t be misled,”  so that I could call this one “Don’t be fooled again.” Several of the blog posts in the past week have pointed to difficulties in communicating climate [...]

2013-10-05T08:26:02+00:00 September 28th, 2013|Climate Change|