How the World Works

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Index of essays on how the world works, i.e., “physics” as understood by the Greco-Romans, or what we moderns may think of as a combination of metaphysics and science. Individual essays appear on the Patreon and Medium platforms.

Metaphysics
Biological Sciences
Cognitive and Social Science
Physics

Metaphysics

  • Here’s is why physicist George Ellis is almost certainly wrong about free will – 7 Jul 2020 (Patreon / Medium)
  • Stoic ontology 101: the difference between reality and existence – 16 Apr 2020 (Patreon / Medium)
  • The crucial difference between metaphysics and epistemology – 2 Apr 2020 (Patreon / Medium)
  • Metaphysics is dead. Long live metaphysics! Assorted musings of a philosopher-scientist – 17 Feb 2020 (Patreon / Medium)
  • How to make up philosophical problems and then “solve” them – 6 Jan 2020 (Patreon / Medium)
  • Cicero’s On the Nature of the Gods, and why the Stoics got it wrong: part II – 5 Sep 2019 (Patreon / Medium)
  • Cicero’s On the Nature of the Gods, and why the Stoics got it wrong: part I – 3 Sep 2019 (Patreon / Medium)
  • Bad ideas in practical philosophy, Nick Bostrom edition – 7 May 2019 (Patreon / Medium)
  • Heraclitus, the pre-Stoic philosopher who inspired Marcus Aurelius – 15 Aug 2018 (Patreon / Medium)

Biological Sciences

  • Is the human species exceptional? It depends… – 9 Apr 2020 (Patreon / Medium)
  • Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop: the problem isn’t the patriarchy, it’s the pseudoscience – 10 Feb 2020 (Patreon / Medium)
  • Practical problems in medical ethics: III. Taking the sting out of memory – 22 Mar 2019 (Patreon / Medium)
  • Practical problems in medical ethics: II. Deaf by design – 20 Mar 2019 (Patreon / Medium)
  • Practical problems in medical ethics: I. An unexpected finding of non-paternity – 18 Mar 2019 (Patreon / Medium)

Cognitive and Social Science

  • Why psychology and history don’t have overarching theories – and probably never will – 31 Jul 2020 (Patreon / Medium)
  • Reason vs emotions? Three models – 22 May 2020 (Patreon / Medium)
  • Stoicism and arousal: so you think you can’t control your emotions, eh? – 22 Oct 2019 (Patreon / Medium)
  • Misguided ideas in applied ethics: the neurophilosophy of moral intuitions – 12 Jul 2019 (Patreon / Medium)
  • The perils of neurophilosophy – 23 May 2019 (Patreon / Medium)
  • The seven universal rules of morality – 25 Feb 2019 (Patreon / Medium)
  • Luck is all in your mind – 28 Aug 2018 (Patreon / Medium)
  • The neuroscience and philosophy of evil – 8 Aug 2018 (Patreon / Medium)
  • Stoic psychology 101: impressions, assent and impulses – 28 Dec 2018 (Patreon / Medium)

Physics

  • The universe simulates itself into existence, and other nonsense from modern pseudo-physics – 22 Jun 2020 (Patreon / Medium)
  • The Copenhagen Confusion – 5 Jun 2020 (Patreon / Medium)
  • Physicist don’t know what to world is like, at bottom – 29 May 2020 (Patreon / Medium)
  • Here and now, we say. But does modern physics have a problem with that? – 18 Feb 2019 (Patreon / Medium)