So, what’s been the exciting news this week?

The European Space Agency managed to land a probe on the surface of a comet.

That’s pretty cool! Must have been loads of people talking about it on Twitter.

Well, one of the scientists also chose to wear a shirt covered in images of half-dressed women. Plus he described the mission as “sexy, but I never said she was easy.” Although most people seem more interested in the shirt than what he said. It’s generated something of a #shirtstorm.
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“There is no such thing as legitimate accomplishment”, is the title of a little post by Fredrik deBoer[1]. I shall briefly discuss his argument before turning to some elements of it that I think deserve consideration.
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Consider the following claim:

X is bad. Y is worse. This does not imply an endorsement of X.

Logically speaking, of course, this is quite true and, as is rather too famous, the starting point for a twitter storm centred on Richard Dawkins[1]. Many things have been said on this subject. Much of it is incoherent or trivial. There is absolutely no guarantee that I shall avoid those two pitfalls, but, for all that, I shall try.
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Davidson’s anomalous monism is an account of the relationship between the mental and the physical. As a stalking horse for some of the issues, I discuss the extent to which Kim’s causal exclusion argument poses a problem for Davidson.
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Hume famously argued that we cannot have any experience of causation. I outline one interpretation of his argument before turning to consider some aspects of the argument that seem to me to be worthy of further consideration.
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This post is prompted by a viral image containing a quote from Jason Read, a philosophy professor at the University of Southern Maine. In case the link to the photo breaks at some future time I reproduce the quote:

People who dismiss the unemployed and dependent as “parasites” fail to understand economics and parasitism. A successful parasite is one that is not recognized by its host, one that can make its host work for it without appearing as a burden. Such is the ruling class in a capitalist society.

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Will Wilkinson has a post in which he discusses illusions and whether or not it is possible to have the illusion of free will. It is interesting, but, I contend, flawed.

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