The false dichotomy of trigger warnings

by Massimo Pigliucci There has been lots of talk about so-called “trigger warnings” lately. Although they originated outside the university (largely on feminist message boards in the ‘90s, and then in the blogosphere [1]), within the academy this is the idea that professors should issue warnings to their students about potentially disturbing material that they … Continue reading The false dichotomy of trigger warnings

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The Ivory Tower and Main Street

by Massimo Pigliucci Here comes another in our occasional series of videos featuring myself in conversation with Missouri State University philosopher Daniel Kaufman. In this episode Dan and I take up the very mission of Scientia Salon and discuss its implications. We talk about the love/hate relationship that the public seems to have with the … Continue reading The Ivory Tower and Main Street

The strange phenomenon of the cult of facts: three case studies

by Massimo Pigliucci I am a scientist, I appreciate the importance of verifiable facts. Moreover, my empirical research was in quantitative genetics, so I have a salutary respect for quantification and statistical analysis. But I’m also a philosopher, which means I recognize that there simply isn’t such a thing as facts without a given theoretical … Continue reading The strange phenomenon of the cult of facts: three case studies