Thursday, November 29, 2007

This is awesome.

Click here and look at the 30th name down.

Then guess which name is winning.

(H/T August.)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Paper revision.

A revision of my paper "Explanatory Relevance and Moral Realism: Why Gilbert Harman Can't Be a Moral Relativist" can be found here (.pdf). I've cleaned up the language a bit and managed to cut down the argument to a lean 7,000-ish words. I quite like it now. Not sure where I can actually use something this long, but we'll see....

Comments, as always, are welcome.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Papers. I got papers. I got lots and lots of papers.

I haven't given up on philosophizing; I've just been working on things that don't convert well to blogging. Here's the results: Papers Page.

In summary, I've completed the penultimate draft of my dissertation proposal (.pdf). It's currently being looked at by the departmental committee.

I've also written a paper from my MA thesis, which can be read here (.pdf). (Note the thesis itself has been removed as it was based on a slightly older draft than the one I ended up actually submitting. Oops.) It's still quite rough, but it's getting into shape.

Finally, I've revised my paper on causal theories of reasons-explanations of action (.pdf). I'm almost completely happy with this one.

So, yeah. That's what I've been doing, philosophy-wise. Whee!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Links roundup.

What the fuck...? The RIAA strikes again. See this and weep for the future.

From the "no shit" file: apparently, US health insurers pay their employees to cut people off and deny claims. Next installment: water is on the wettish side.

Digby has a piece on the bizarre recent claim by a US intelligence official that "Privacy ... should mean that government and businesses properly safeguards people's private communications and financial information." While I'm down with the idea that norms of privacy can and must change -- we have to, for example, get used to the idea that unknown persons on the internet can use satellite imagery to look at what we're doing in public -- the idea that privacy means large institutions, not all of them accountable to the public, are in charge of our personal information is patently absurd. That's got nothing to do with privacy. It's like banking, but for information instead of money. And I barely trust my bank to get my bill payments through on time. Now I'm supposed to trust something similar with every detail of my private communications? Fuck that shit.

Anyone else seen those freaky WSIB "avoid work accidents" PSAs? I saw the one with the woman burning herself the other night and thought it went just a leedle over the top. (Although it didn't really freak me out, as I could see a big hole in the injury sustained. Namely, if you're talking and get boiling water all over yourself, it'll sear your throat, rendering your voice noticeably hoarse. Her screams seemed normal to me.) Anyhoo, they're on YouTube, if you're into that kinda thing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Haa4QImf40, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noFCekWiUGE, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qf_LWq88H5I. There's also two equally OTT PSAs on domestic abuse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rON7EeT0Nxg, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rON7EeT0Nxg (h/t Scott Keith.)

Finally (h/t RVD), here's Henry Ford's hemp car: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxlj6fgQ-ZU.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

The marking is done!

Praise the lawd!