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Equal Opportunity via Philosophy

There is much talk about bringing equality to females and minorities, that is, providing equal footing and a fair chance to all.  I hear a number of claims about what the problems are, and some of these have studies to support them.  Many of them boggle my mind, because they don’t correspond to my personal experience, not that my experience is exhaustive by any means.  I have given a bit of thought to all of this, and I find it likely that there are many destabilizing factors that need accounting for, before the envisaged can be achieved.  To present my case and line of thought, maybe I can supply an anecdote, and provide some commentary, and go from there. Continue reading

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My Journey from Physics to the History and Philosophy of Science (a.k.a. HPS)

Recently, at a reception for the incoming grad students of IU Bloomington’s HPS Department, I was faced with a question, but it was a more specific question than had previously been posed to me.  Typically, I am asked, “How did you move from physics into philosophy of physics?”  The question my host, Dr. Sandy Gliboff asked me, with the hint of a smirk and a sense of humor, “What made you decide to go into HPS, rather than be a real scientist?”  I gave him my answer to the former question, which I will give presently; but I did not give him the answer to his question.  Given that so many people ask so regularly, and given that there are so few physicists that go into philosophy, I will take this time to answer publically; and so I begin with the answer to the former. Continue reading

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