Second annual bulletpoint year in review

Sun 16 Dec 2007 07:49 AM

At the end of 2006, I summarized the year by aggregating the first sentence from the first post of each month. Now, as Janet notes, it's a tradition.

For 2006, the conclusion of the analysis was that "I seem to be concerned with logic, pragmatism, random bits of pop culture, my blog, and myself."

Here it is for 2007:

I: As any regular reader will recall, I have misgivings about the epistemology of the Wikipedia.

II: Greg links to an item in the New York Times about Marcus Ross, a guy who got a PhD in geosciences at the University of Rhode Island and now teaches at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University.

III: I wrote this back in February, but saved it with the intention of honing it further.

IV: I've heard several reports about Marilee Jones, dean of admissions at MIT, who resigned last week after it was revealed that she had lied about her academic history.

V: Brian Leiter links to a cheeky column by Jonathan Wolff that begins in this way...

VI: Yesterday, I put a draft paper about scientific significance on-line.

VII: Subjective Bayesianism as it is often employed in philosophy of science consists of three commitments...

VIII: The New York Times Science section recently ran this item on Nick Bostrom's Simulation Argument.

IX: I am teaching Poincaré and Duhem in seminar this week.

X: Thus concludes year two of the blog.

XI: Andre Kukla insists... This principle is offered without argument, and Kukla seems to suppose that it is intuitively obvious.

XII: I've been thinking about the distinction between retail and wholesale arguments in philosophy of science.

The blog seems be an aggregate of thoughts prompted by my philosophical research and thoughts prompted by random news items, which seems like a reasonable mix. Also, I seem to have done quite a lot of name dropping this year.