Science

What Are The Odds?

A philosopher’s guide to betting on the Derby   By Steve Humphrey   Last year for the April Derby Issue, I wrote...

The Laws of Attraction

By Steve Humphrey   Love is mysterious. What draws one person to another? Why does A love B, while C has no...

The Direction of Time

By Steve Humphrey Illustration by Andrea Hutchinson   We distinguish earlier from later and past from future, but what characterizes the difference?...

Time in Relativity

By Steve Humphrey Illustrations by Andrea Hutchinson   From the Scholium in Newton’s “Principia Mathematica,” it says “Absolute, true and mathematical time,...

The Myth of Passage

Theories on the perception of the passage of time   By Steve Humphrey Illustrations by Andrea Hutchinson   Intuitively, we speak of the...

On the Concept of Time

How the keeping of time was developed throughout history and how to define it   By Steve Humphrey Illustration by Andrea Hutchinson...

On Certainty

Determining what we can and cannot be certain about regarding coronavirus By Steve Humphrey Illustration by Andrea Hutchinson Except in trivial cases,...

Probability

How we can – or cannot – predict outcomes By Steve Humphrey Illustration by Andrea Hutchinson The origins of probability theory can...

What’s in a Theory?

Exploring the Paradoxes of Theory Confirmation By Steve Humphrey Illustration by Andrea Hutchinson Scientists create theories to describe, explain and make predictions...

Epistemology

Steve Humphrey swan dives into hypotheses By Steve Humphrey Illustration by Andrea Hutchinson Science is the search for patterns and regularities in...

Truth

In my previous column, we explored the matter of logic versus rhetoric and how we can distinguish the two. Now, let me...

Logic vs. Rhetoric

For many, the claims made by “scientists” are just part of the cacophony of voices telling us what to think and feel....