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In a brilliant piece of philosophical jujutsu, Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber turn reason's weaknesses into strengths, arguing that its supposed flaws are actually design features which work remarkably well. All those biases and heuristics are not “quick-and-dirty” but “fast-and-frugal”.

News and Events

  • SCIENCE IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD – EDINBURGH, 5 April. In discussion with Anne Glover, former Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission, Yasmin Sulaiman at the Edinburgh International Science Festival at 8pm. Full details and booking here. #
  • MEDIA AND DIS/AGREEMENT – CAMBRIDGE, 9 MARCH. Taking part in a discussion with Lorna Donjon and Michael J. O'laughlin at the Von Hügel Institute for Critical Catholic Inquiry at 4pm. Full details here. #
  • BROADCASTING HOUSE – BBC RADIO 4, 26 FEBRUARY. I was discussing our fascination with life on other planets with Jane Garvey and Monica Grady. Listen again here at 11:55. #
  • WORDS BY THE WATER – KESWICK, 10 MARCH. Talking about The Edge of Reason at this lovely Cumbrian festival. Programme here and booking here. #
  • FOOD PROGRAMME – BBC RADIO 4. I'm one of the voices in this week's programme, first broadcast yesterday. Listen here. #

What is Microphilosophy?

Small thoughts about big subjects; big thoughts about small things; seeds of thought, scatttered to either take root or not; plus short links to longer work. Microphilosophy is the website of the writer Julian Baggini.

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