Philosophy of identity, long (2/2) Show more
If you think something can be dismantled and later reassembled, and still be the same thing as before it was dismantled, then why wouldn't it be?
Suppose both of these ships exist at the same time. Which is the original ship? Is either?
The answer is, of course, that it depends. Identity is just a convenience, something we impose on the world to make sense of it. Those atoms don't care what they are.
Philosophy of identity, long (1/2) Show more
The famous Ship of Theseus thought experiment demonstrates how the concept of identity is mutable.
It goes something like this: suppose every part of a ship is replaced, one by one, until none of the original parts remain. Is it the same ship? Most people would say so.
Let's say someone else keeps each part as it is removed, and then uses them to build a ship to exactly the original specification. Is it the same ship?
Are you curious about some of the complications that have arisen? I could point you towards some news about court cases if you're interested.
Who wins Election 2019 under a ranked-ballot system? #PhilippeJFournier in #Macleans
The short answer : it wouldn't change the end results much. For me, the fact that ranked ballots give results similar to first-past-the-post is one of their advantages.
 The major flaw in the model is that it doesn't account for a voter who strategically voted for her second preference.
M. Grégoire @mpjgregoire
Venice has been sinking all my life, largely because they pumped groundwater out from under the city. But of course #ClimateChange will make things worse.
‘Tragedy of a lifetime’: Venice declares emergency after near-record tide and floods | National Post
"By the end of this week, Bangladesh’s agriculture minister is expected to announce the approval of “golden rice" for sale and use, making the country the world’s first to embrace a food that could save hundreds of thousands of children in developing nations from blindness and death."
Remembrance Day stories all Canadians should know | National Post
Next two tech things I want to buy, in this order:
Pine book pro laptop
"[A]n emerging theme of federal politics in months to come will be the scale of Justin Trudeau’s electoral triumph."
Quebec language and education politics Show more
> Quebec denies French citizen's immigration application because 1 chapter of thesis was in English
Orwell on *Gulliver's Travels*: "In a Society in which there is no law, and in theory no compulsion, the only arbiter of behaviour is public opinion. But public opinion [...] is less tolerant than any system of law. When human beings are governed by ‘thou shalt not’, the individual can practise a certain amount of eccentricity: when they are supposedly governed by ‘love’ or ‘reason’, he is under continuous pressure to make him behave and think in exactly the same way as everyone else."
Things you learn going from one discipline to another Show more
Citations per paper
* Philosophy: Like 1, 2 tops
* Medicine: Over 9000
Who to cite:
* Philosophy: Only dead people
* Medicine: The living
Did you forget to cite them?
* Philosophy: They're dead nbd
* Medicine: Oh jeez oh jeez oh jeez run
There are many forms that justice can take
But there is a special place in my heart
For the ironic or self-inflicted kind
Hi everyone, I have a master's and a doctorate in ethics ama