CFP: British Literature and Sociology, 1838-1910

Though Émile Durkheim, Max Weber, and Georg Simmel are generally regarded as the “founders” of sociology as a discipline, sociological theory was actually rooted in nineteenth-century culture as intellectuals and scientists attempted to make sense... Read More | Share it now!

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Ich bin zutiefst besorgt über das politische Klima in Deutschland | Interview mit David Bardens nach dem zweiten Urteil im “Masernprozess”

Gibt es das Masernvirus? 2011 lobte Stefan Lanka, in Szenekreisen bekannter deutscher Impfgegner, ein Preisgeld in Höhe von €100.000 aus für den wissenschaftlichen Nachweis des Masernvirus. Die Ausschreibung fand ein internationales Medienecho,... Read More | Share it now!

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Lorraine J. Daston & Peter Galison, Objectivity (New York: Zone Books, 2007) | Review

Objectivity has a history, and it is full of surprises. In Objectivity, Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison chart the emergence of objectivity in the mid-nineteenth-century sciences—and show how the concept differs from its alternatives,... Read More | Share it now!

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The Bardens vs Lanka Case | Chronolgy and documentation

This page is an open series of entries on the Bardens vs. Lanka case. It has been of wider interest since had immediately offered the judgments in the case triggered by Stefan Lanka‘s challenge of 2011 (see documents at the bottom of this... Read More | Share it now!

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Some More Thoughts on Secular Humanism and Its Special Brand of Scientism

Stephen LeDrew’s Book on the Evolution of Atheism has apparently asked the right questions – if I read Patrik Lindenfors’s considerations at Humanistbloggen correctly. (The Google Translate English version is actually quite readable). What... Read More | Share it now!

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The Bardens vs. Lanka Case | an Interview with David Bardens

[Click here for the orginal German version of this interview. Follow http://positivists.org/blog/archives/3881 for the successive case documentation. Olaf Simons asked the questions for positivists.org] Olaf Simons: You are in the headlines with an... Read More | Share it now!

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Der Fall Bardens gegen Lanka | ein Interview mit David Bardens

[The following interview with David Bardens is also available in a provisional English translation. Die Chronologie des Falles dokumentierten wir auf http://positivists.org/blog/archives/3881 Olaf Simons stellte die Fragen für positivists.org] Olaf... Read More | Share it now!

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Revisiting Early Modern Prophecies – reflections of a recent conference

From the 26th to the 28th of June Ariel Hessayon and Lionel Laborie welcomed about a hundred historians at London’s Goldsmith College to take a broader look at prophecies of the three centuries between 1500 and 1800. Science fiction fans might start... Read More | Share it now!

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Logical positivism debunked (2): falsifications beat verifications – Karl Popper’s victory

continuing: Logical positivism debunked (1): The philosophy that cannot even prove that its own statements have a “meaning”   In the Laundry. You are handed back your belongings all washed, and you notice that this is not your jacket. Actually... Read More | Share it now!

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We should take care of Wikipedia as our collective card box index | FAZ interview with Olaf Simons

The following is an (abridged) English version of an interview I gave for Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Wikipedia and why scholars hesitate to write for the online encyclopedia (their issue of April 9, 2014, last page). Friedemann... Read More | Share it now!

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