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Outline of In a Mirror, Darkly: How Superstitions Reflect Rationality

March 14, 2008


As part of my report on what I have done at the KLI over the last few months I had to write an outline of the book I’m working on. This helped me to clarify some of my ideas while making it obvious to me what other things I still need to think a bit […]

Back in Lublin

February 15, 2008


My initial eight-month stay at the KLI has come to an end. I am now back in Poland and teaching at the Marie Curie-Sklodowska University. The KLI stay was, unsurprisingly, one of the most challenging and intellectually fruitful periods of my career. The next four months are going to also present me with a challenge […]

Coming back to explanation

February 6, 2008


I find that in my research on superstition I keep coming back to the role played by explanations and keep finding that I simply do not know enough about the psychology of explanation. It appears to me that a very important element of what superstitions are about is related to how superstitious explanations are treated […]

Informal intellectual exchange

February 6, 2008


There are a number of things that I’ve posted to this blog that, with the benefit of hind-sight, I recognise to have been ill-phrased or ill-considered. It would be easy to remove them but I have no wish to do so as that would not be true to what I see as the point of […]

Trondheim talks

January 23, 2008


Gave the two talks in Trondheim. Here are some observations along with links to the PowerPoint files containing the slides. The first talk, Superstition as┬áscience, I gave last night. There was a group of about twenty people, most of whom were students of the philosophy department here. Unfortunately, the talk went a bit over time. […]

Cutting back research committments

November 9, 2007


Wanting to find out just how much I have to do apart from working on the manuscript I wrote up a list of things such as papers that I need to complete, abstracts that should put together for various conference I want to attend and various bits of editing that I must do. This is […]

Reading, writing (and arithmetic)

November 8, 2007


I wrote a while ago that I had felt like I had fallen into a particular trap that most academics are probably familiar with. The trap is that you realise how little you know and read more to try and get rid of your ignorance. Unfortunately, reading more only reveals to you that your ignorance […]