Issue 42

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Issue 42: July/August 2003


Spooky Stories

by Rick Lewis


News: July/August 2003

Plato Found in California • Cloned Racehorses Gallop Nearer • “Daddy Was a Website” • Aborted Fetuses to be Mothers — News reports by Sue Roberts in London and Lisa Sangoi in New York


Astral Projection and Out of Body Experiences

Joe Fearn asks whether the idea of out of body experiences is intelligible.

Philosophy & Divination

Trevor Curnow compares the reliability of oracles ancient and modern.

The Paranormal, Urban Legends and Critical Thinking

Tim Madigan takes time out to tell some high school students a no-ghost story.

What is Materialism?

Michael Philips on the shaky foundations of the most popular philosophical theory of modern times.

Why You Can’t Read My Mind

We had no idea that Paul MacDonald intended to write this article.


Designing Androids

Antoni Diller says that robots must be taught how to learn.

Happiness, Death & the Remainder of Life

Laurence Goldstein conducts a little thought experiment.

Hegel and the Trinity

Peter Benson explains why Hegel was obsessed with the number three.

How to Get Real

Is Postmodernism finally on its deathbed? Roger Caldwell examines the evidence and takes a look at its would-be successor: Critical Realism.

Judging Saddam’s Pictures

Stuart Greenstreet on how to justify your taste in art.


Bernard Williams (1929-2003)

by A. W. Moore


Susan Blackmore

Susan Blackmore is a well-known cognitive scientist, psychologist, lecturer and author. She has just written a textbook on consciousness. Rick Lewis asked her about her journey from parapsychology to the study of consciousness.



Euthanasia and Taboos • Nietzsche’s Madness • Logic is Above Gender • Stoics and Gladiators • Boxers & Philosophers • Boxers & Philosophers • Sports and Deviance • Change or Progress in Sport • Cheat to Win?


Dear Socrates

Having returned from the turn of the Fourth Century B.C. to the turn of the Twenty-First A.D., Socrates has eagerly signed on as a Philosophy Now columnist so that he may continue to carry out his divinely-inspired dialogic mission.

An Immortal Pair Passes

by Joel Marks


The Structure of Thinking by Laura Weed

Scott O’Reilly gets quite excited about a new book on the nature of the mind by Laura Weed.

Zeno and the Tortoise by Nicholas Fearn

Adam Carter browses through Nicholas Fearn’s introduction to philosophy for bartenders who wear baseball caps.

The Matrix Reloaded

Our movie maestro Thomas Wartenberg plugs himself into The Matrix Reloaded but says that philosophically, it was destined to be dull.


Of Men and Mice

by Roger Caldwell

Descartes Was Right!

A short story by Katherine Power.

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