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On the Announcement of Pope Francis’s first Apostolic Exhortation: Evangelii Gaudium

On the Announcement of Pope Francis’s first Apostolic Exhortation:  Evangelii Gaudium Jason Zarri Has anyone else seen this? I don’t consider myself Catholic, but it’s pretty awesome. Excerpt: “As we open our hearts, the Pope goes on, so the doors of our churches must always be open and the sacraments available to all. The Eucharist, more »

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“Hearing about a Health Outpost set up in the Jungle” by Peter Krey

Hearing about a Health Outpost set up in the Jungle by Peter Krey   My friend Ron Moore and I attended a presentation by Dr. Christopher Herndon M.D.[1] on August 15, 2013 at 7:00pm in the Bone Room on Solano Avenue in Berkeley. His lecture or PowerPoint presentation was called, “Learning from Tribal Healers.” Over the more »

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The Concept of a Zombie

The Concept of a Zombie (Or: On the Postmortem Survival of Conceptual Analysis) (Jason Zarri)   It goes without saying that the recent outbreak of brain-eating corpses has been injurious to social order. But in addition to inspiring fear and panic in the man on the street, zombies have proved to be a source of more »

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Proof that Logic Can Be Fun

  Jason Zarri   Proof that Logic Can Be Fun:   Premise 1. If you consider the sub-proof SP, you’ll see that logic can be fun: Premise 2. You consider SP:        SP:        Sub-premise 1. All valid arguments which have a false conclusion have at least one false premise.        Sub-premise 2. This argument more »

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Daemonodicy: The Problem of Good

  Daemonodicy   ~ The Problem of Good ~   Jason Zarri   “Leibniz’s solution of the problem of evil, like most of his other popular doctrines, is logically possible, but not very convincing. A Manichaean might retort that this is the worst of all possible worlds, in which the good things that exist serve more »

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A Counterexample to Social Externalism?

Jason Zarri Suppose there are two linguistic communities of (roughly) equal size, dispersed throughout a large area. Both speak dialects of the same language. One community uses the term ‘arthritis’ to refer exclusively to a painful condition of the joints, the other uses it to refer to any painful condition in one’s limbs. There is a certain more »

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The Threat We Face against Superbugs or CREs and the Need for Good Government

  By Peter Krey “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria: Has the Age of Antibiotics Come to an End?”  “More formally known as CREs, these ‘superbugs’ resist most antibiotics, spread resistance to other germs and kill roughly half of the people they infect.” See PBS Newshour Frontline. Watching Frontline last night, we watched with horror as a more »

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Truth-making and Reference-making: Appendix

  Appendix Jason Zarri Some may have noticed that on my account, as it stands, bivalence will fail for empty nouns or noun-phrases. A false-maker for a sentence is defined as a reference-maker for its subject term which is not a reference-maker for its predicate term. If the subject term is empty, it has no more »

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Truth-making and Reference-making: Part 3

Part 3: Philosophical Implications   Jason Zarri I think my approach has the advantage that it can explain why necessary truths don’t have everything as a truth-maker. Granted, “The Earth has exactly one moon –> the Earth has exactly one moon” is true no matter what, but it does not therefore have everything as a truth-maker. more »

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Truth-making and Reference-making: Part 2

Part 2: A Quasi-Formal Account Jason Zarri   I will now define truth-makers for truth-functional compounds and quantified sentences. To define truth-makers for them, we  will also require the notion of a false-maker: We say that x false-maker for a subject-predicate sentence p iff x is a reference-maker for p’s subject term but is not a reference-maker for more »

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