Philosophy and Science

It is of the nature of idea to be communicated: written, spoken, done. The idea is like grass. It craves light, likes crowds, thrives on crossbreeding, grows better for being stepped on. Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed (1974), chapter three.

I hate quotation. Tell me what you know. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals, May 1849.

What is science? What distinguishes science from pseudo-science? How do individual scientists advance their knowledge? How does the scientific community as a whole create progress in science? Why is science so important in our society?

These are questions that are explored in various disciplines, especially philosophy of science and history of science. This website collects resources—both online and off-line—about the philosophy and the history of science. For a better understanding of these disciplines, the website also collects resources about philosophy in general and about various sciences.

In addition, the website also collects resources about philosophy. Although some scientists (including Stephen Hawking) are dismissive of philosophy, there are also scientists who think that philosophy should be a required first year course in university (Laurence A. Moran, biochemist).

These are fascinating topics, but please do not forget to get some exercise for intellectuals!

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World Philosophy Day

UNESCO established the World Philosophy Day in 2005. The event is celebrated each year on the third Thursday of November.

In 2015, World Philosophy Day was celebrated on Thursday 19 November. In 2016, World Philosophy Day was celebrated on Thursday 17 November. Below are some resources published on the occasion of World Philosophy Day 2015:

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