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Mixtures and Psychological Inference with Resting State fMRI
Mixtures and Psychological Inference with Resting State fMRI
In this article, we examine the use of resting state fMRI data for psychological inferences. We argue that resting state s...
How Stable Is Objective Chance?
How Stable Is Objective Chance?
This article examines the stability of objective chance. I defend the stable chance thesis (SCT): that in any given possib...
On the Structure and Function of Scientific Perspectivism in Categorical Quantum Mechanics
On the Structure and Function of Scientific Perspectivism in Categorical Quantum Mechanics
Contemporary scientific perspectivism is primarily viewed as a methodological framework of how we obtain and form scientif...
Incomplete Preference and Indeterminate Comparative Probabilities
Incomplete Preference and Indeterminate Comparative Probabilities
The notion of comparative probability defined in Bayesian subjectivist theory stems from an intuitive idea that for a give...
Protective Measurements and the Reality of the Wave Function
Protective Measurements and the Reality of the Wave Function
It has been debated whether protective measurement implies the reality of the wave function. In this article, I present a ...
Objectivity and the Method of Arbitrary Functions
Objectivity and the Method of Arbitrary Functions
There is widespread excitement in the literature about the method of arbitrary functions: many take it to show that it is ...
Calibrating Chromatography: How Tswett Broke the Experimenters’ Regress
Calibrating Chromatography: How Tswett Broke the Experimenters’ Regress
We propose a new account of calibration according to which calibrating a technique shows that the technique does what it i...
Grounded Shadows, Groundless Ghosts
Grounded Shadows, Groundless Ghosts
According to a radical account of quantum metaphysics that I label ‘high-dimensionalism’, ordinary objects are the ‘shadow...
Epistemic Separability and Everettian Branches: A Critique of Sebens and Carroll
Epistemic Separability and Everettian Branches: A Critique of Sebens and Carroll
We discuss the proposal by Sebens and Carroll to derive the Born rule in Everettian quantum mechanics from a principle the...
A Causal Bayes Net Analysis of Glennan’s Mechanistic Account of Higher-Level Causation (and Some Consequences)
A Causal Bayes Net Analysis of Glennan’s Mechanistic Account of Higher-Level Causation (and Some Consequences)
One of Glennan’s ([1996]) most prominent contributions to the new mechanist debate consists in his reductive analysis of h...
Everettian Quantum Mechanics and the Metaphysics of Modality
Everettian Quantum Mechanics and the Metaphysics of Modality
This article sits at a point of intersection between the philosophy of physics and the metaphysics of modality. There are ...
Reductive Explanation and the Construction of Quantum Theories
Reductive Explanation and the Construction of Quantum Theories
AbstractI argue that philosophical issues concerning reductive explanations help constrain the construction of quantum the...
On the Ostrogradski Instability; or, Why Physics Really Uses Second Derivatives
On the Ostrogradski Instability; or, Why Physics Really Uses Second Derivatives
AbstractCandidates for fundamental physical laws rarely, if ever, employ higher than second time derivatives. Easwaran ([2...
Registration Pluralism and the Cartographic Approach to Data Aggregation across Brains
Registration Pluralism and the Cartographic Approach to Data Aggregation across Brains
AbstractNeuroscience has become increasingly reliant on multi-subject research in addition to studies of unusual single pa...
Three Kinds of Niche Construction
Three Kinds of Niche Construction
AbstractNiche construction theory concerns how organisms can change selection pressures by altering the feature–factor rel...
Bivalent Selection and Graded Darwinian Individuality
Bivalent Selection and Graded Darwinian Individuality
AbstractPhilosophers are approaching a consensus that biological individuality, including evolutionary individuality, come...
Speed-Optimal Induction and Dynamic Coherence
Speed-Optimal Induction and Dynamic Coherence
AbstractA standard way to challenge convergence-based accounts of inductive success is to claim that they are too weak to ...
Conserving Functions across Generations: Heredity in Light of Biological Organization
Conserving Functions across Generations: Heredity in Light of Biological Organization
AbstractWe develop a conceptual framework that connects biological heredity and organization. We refer to heredity as the ...
Understanding from Machine Learning Models
Understanding from Machine Learning Models
AbstractSimple idealized models seem to provide more understanding than opaque, complex, and hyper-realistic models. Howev...
The Second Law of Thermodynamics and the Psychological Arrow of Time
The Second Law of Thermodynamics and the Psychological Arrow of Time
AbstractCan the second law of thermodynamics explain our mental experience of the direction of time? According to an influ...
The Demise of Brain Death
The Demise of Brain Death
AbstractFifty years have passed since brain death was first proposed as a criterion of death. Its advocates believe that w...
Typical: A Theory of Typicality and Typicality Explanation
Typical: A Theory of Typicality and Typicality Explanation
AbstractTypicality is routinely invoked in everyday contexts: bobcats are typically short-tailed; people are typically les...
The Costs of HARKing
The Costs of HARKing
AbstractKerr ([1998]) coined the term ‘HARKing’ to refer to the practice of ‘hypothesizing after the results are known’. T...
Accuracy and Verisimilitude: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Accuracy and Verisimilitude: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
AbstractIt seems like we care about at least two features of our credence function: gradational-accuracy (high credences i...
A New Problem for Quantum Mechanics
A New Problem for Quantum Mechanics
AbstractIn this article I raise a new problem for quantum mechanics, which I call the control problem. Like the measuremen...
The Non-equivalence of Einstein and Lorentz
The Non-equivalence of Einstein and Lorentz
AbstractIn this article, I give a counterexample to a claim made in (Norton [2008]) that empirically equivalent theories c...
Chances and Propensities in Evo-Devo
Chances and Propensities in Evo-Devo
AbstractWhile the notion of chance has been central in discussions over the probabilistic nature of natural selection and ...
Concrete Scale Models, Essential Idealization, and Causal Explanation
Concrete Scale Models, Essential Idealization, and Causal Explanation
AbstractThis paper defends three claims about concrete or physical models: (i) these models remain important in science an...
Machian Comparativism about Mass
Machian Comparativism about Mass
AbstractAbsolutism about mass within Newtonian gravity claims that mass ratios obtain in virtue of absolute masses. Compar...
Using Logic to Evolve More Logic: Composing Logical Operators via Self-assembly
AbstractI consider how complex logical operations might self-assemble in a signalling-game context via composition of simp...