Issue 96: May/June 2013


Problems With Zombies

by Tim Madigan


News: May/June 2013

Sartre’s Gaze Foils Bike Thieves! • Philosophy and the Culture Wars • MOOC Spooks Sages in San Jose — News reports by Sue Roberts


The Zombie Threat to a Science of Mind

Philip Goff discusses a thought-experiment about consciousness.

What’s So Bad About Being A Zombie?

Dien Ho asks if you’d be better off undead.

The Undead Gourmet

Brendan Riley asks: is it okay to kill a zombie just because it wants to eat you?

Eating Your Brain: 21st-Century Zombies

Rebecca Housel on terrorism, evil and Hannah Arendt.

When A Body Meets A Body

Tim Madigan discovers that Jeremy Bentham has risen from the grave!


Knowledge & Reasons

Joe Cruz gives an evolutionary account of them.

Fortune-Tellers & Causation

Seán Moran won’t be palmed off by talk of backwards causation.

Science and Non-Science

Pamela Irvin Lazorko briefly introduces what demarks science from non-science.

…er than they are: Adventures in Space with Henri Lefebvre

Tom Liam Lynch gives a semi-literal account of writing a literature review that not only addresses the spatialization of literacy, but is written spatially.

Wasps on Autopilot

Katharine Merow asks what’s buzzing around in the head of the Sphex wasp.

Ada Lovelace (1815-1852)

Alistair MacFarlane on how a poet’s daughter invented the concept of software.

How Can We Eradicate Poverty Whilst Avoiding Environmental Destruction?

The following answers to this timely and vital question each win a random book.



Pro-Pragmatic Post • Lying To Yourself • Being and Appearance • Authors’ Anti-Matter • Abortions and Misconceptions


Some Like It Hot

Joel Marks has an amoral moment.

On Naturalism

Our philosophical science correspondent Massimo Pigliucci reports from a workshop.

On Waiting

Raymond Tallis thinks about queuing and milling about.


Why Marx Was Right by Terry Eagleton

Roger Caldwell is unconvinced by Terry Eagleton’s loyal support for Marx.

Answers For Aristotle by Massimo Pigliucci

Kenneth Shouler says Massimo Pigliucci gives Aristotle some good answers.

Zombie Movie Morals (I)

Peter Stone thinks zombie films are about co-operation.

Zombie Movie Morals (II)

Sarah Stone draws lessons about leadership.


Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder

You Are Here

by Chris Madden

Chris Gill’s Cartoon (1)

by Chris Gill

Chris Gill’s Cartoon (2)

by Chris Gill

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