Measuring skulls, hereditarianism, and what data is for

by Joshua Banta, Jonathan Kaplan and Massimo Pigliucci Why would the popular media be interested in a story about a historical argument surrounding measurement techniques and statistical summaries of human skull volumes? A technical scientific paper published by Lewis et al. in the journal PLoS Biology a few years ago [1] was just that, and … Continue reading Measuring skulls, hereditarianism, and what data is for

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The varieties of skepticism

by Massimo Pigliucci In this video Dan and I talk about different types of "skepticism." We start by┬árecapping the history of philosophical skepticism, moving on to the (by now) classical question: how do we know that we don't live in the Matrix? We tackle what we call Descartes' "quaint" rationalism and we talk about a … Continue reading The varieties of skepticism