Yorkshireman, born in Harrogate in 1961, with a doctorate in theoretical particle physics. Working in IT since 1986, now as an industry analyst with the world's largest IT research and advisory firm. Married since 1988 with twin children born in 1991.
My family; science (esp. cosmology, evolutionary biology, palaeontology & philosophy of mind); freethought, skepticism & rationalism; music; sf & fantasy; mediaeval history & heraldry.
Epistemic humility -- the recognition that we could be wrong -- is a virtue in science as it is in daily life, but surely we have some reason for thinking, some four centuries after the start of the scientific revolution, that Aristotle was on the wrong track and that we are not, or at least not yet. Our reasons for thinking this are obvious and uncontroversial: mechanistic explanations and an abandonment of supernatural causality proved enormously fruitful in expanding our ability to predict and control the world around us. The fruits of the scientific revolution, though at odds with common sense, allow us to send probes to Mars and to understand why washing our hands prevents the spread of disease.
-- Brian Leiter and Michael Weisberg, "Do You Only Have a Brain? On Thomas Nagel"
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