Object-oriented is a contested term from software language design to ontology. Originally coined to describe the programming language Smalltalk by Alan Kay, one of the key designers of the language, its use has not only migrated to software languages that have very little in common with Smalltalk, but even to philosophical ontology via Graham Harman’s… Continue reading What is Intended by the term “Object-Oriented”?
Technology is eroding the profit-motive. Most people think companies that are focused on technology, such as Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Google, and IBM etc. are simply profiteers of technology. In fact they’ve consistently disrupted profits (on the scale of the economy as a whole) and de-capitalized long standing industries. The argument is that they’re after control.… Continue reading Heidegger’s “Passing of the Last God”
Think about global warming from the point of view of someone who grew up taking Ayn Rand seriously, believing that the untrammeled pursuit of self-interest is always good and that government is always the problem, never the solution. Along come some scientists declaring that unrestricted pursuit of self-interest will destroy the world, and that government… Continue reading Working Within and Between Ideologies by Dropping One’s Own
The ‘Conflict Model’ The first work on the history of science and religion that utilized what came to be known as the ‘conflict model’ was written by an early American photographer, John William Draper, who had been invited to write a polemic for Popular Science magazine criticizing Roman Catholic doctrines. The conflict model is… Continue reading A Short History of the Science vs Religion Debate
Ontology as the focus of primary logic is concerned with description and classification. Aristotle introduces causality, which of course is intimately bound up with explanation, within physics (although he uses it freely in his discussions on other positive sciences such as biology and economics). His logic does not consider causality or by extension explanation at… Continue reading Ontology and Science: Understanding vs Explanation;
… Stephen Hawking goes wrong when, at the very beginning of his best-seller The Grand Design, he triumphantly proclaims that “philosophy is dead.” With the latest advances in quantum physics and cosmology (M-theory), he claims, so-called experimental metaphysics has reached its apogee. Upon a closer look, of course, we soon discover that we are not quite… Continue reading An Example of Science’s Failure at Philosophy
The contingency of artificial phenomena has always created doubts as to whether they fall properly within the compass of science. Sometimes these doubts refer to the goal-directed character of artificial systems and the consequent difficulty of disentangling prescription from description. This seems to me not to be the real difficulty. The genuine problem is to… Continue reading Latest Headline Article in the New Scientist – “Are There Benefits to a World Without God?”