The National Football League: More Dangerous Than Your Average Critic

By Jim Virtel GQ published an article describing the NFL’s reluctance to acknowledge Dr. Bennet Omalu’s discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in former NFL players who were originally diagnosed with dementia pugilistica.  After Omalu published his results multiple times, the NFL refused to accept his work because Omalu knew …

Positive-outcome bias?

Here’s an intriguing contrast.    In philosophy journals, reviewers tend to think that papers with “positive” results are somehow superior to critical work with “negative” results.  On the whole, the profession seems to think this right and proper.   In medical journals, reviewers tend to think that an experiment that …

Czech science in danger

In Czech Republic, due to the financial crisis, the government wants to liquidate research institutions of Czech Academy of Science as well as to stop funding all basic research (including philosophy). Here is the website where you can help Czech scientists by signing a petition and read more. 0

Rationalizing Away

I’ve already mentioned how some philosophers are trying to offer pseudo-arguments to the affect that the APA anti-discrimination policy does not apply to hiring practices of religious institutions that de facto discriminate against homosexuals.  David Hoekema (Calvin College) is another one of these — he has written yet another letter …

More Philosophical Bigotry

Next week, at the Pacific APA, a petition on discrimination will be presented to the APA.  The petition asks the APA to either enforce its own policy against discrimination (specifically, de facto discrimination against homosexuality by certain religious institutions that require their employees to commit to having no sex outside …

Post-docs

Two post-docs of interest for the readers of this blog: 1. 2-year posdoctoral fellowship in the philosophy of cognitive science at Oxford (starting Oct 2009, deadline: March 6). Information here. 2. 2-year postdoctoal fellowship at the Institut Jean-Nicod (starting Oct 2009, deadline: Aoril 10). The applicant’s research area should be …

Philosophers Defend Bigotry

I try to avoid inflamatory language, but this petition is upsetting:  philosophers splitting hairs in support of policies that discriminate against homosexuals (HT: Leiter Reports).  Their main point seems to be that you are not really discriminating against homosexuals as long as you are not asking them to change their sexual orientation …

Publish or perish?

Following on from Gualtiero’s earlier post about the options that graduate students have for getting feedback about their work, I’m curious to hear what the readers of Brains think about the importance of publishing as a graduate student.  The opinion here at Rutgers seems to be split between those who …

Philosophy Journal Wiki

Doug Portmore had the brilliant idea of starting a Philosophy Journal Wiki, where we can all share information about the editorial practices of philosophy journals.  I encourage you to go there and add information about your experience with the various journals.Quoting from PEA Soup <http://peasoup.typepad.com/peasoup/2007/01/a_wiki_on_philo.html> : “Inspired by the Philosophy …

Journal Copyright

In a message to the philosophy listserv PHILOSOP, Aaron Sloman wrote the following: More philosophers should put their papers online: not everyone has access to printed versions — so they are often useless for potential readers. I always cross out restrictive paragraphs on journal copyright forms and so far no …