The freewheeling use of the word “induction” is a pet peeve of mine. Sometimes it is used to mean any legitimate, non-deductive inference. Sometimes it is used narrowly be mean the inference from Observed Fs are G to All Fs are G. Sometimes it is carelessly used to mean both and other things besides. While I was sorting through old documents, I found this list of importantly different things that get paraded around under the banner of induction.Continue reading “Induction in general”
Author: P.D. Magnus
How it might have ended
I’m sorting through some old documents, and I came across an unused draft for the Epilogue of my book A Philosophy of Cover Songs.1 This draft was a bit ponderous, but I still like the last line.Continue reading “How it might have ended”
Art-interpretive injustice and the missing bit about street art
Earlier drafts of my paper with Evan Malone, “Popular music and art-interpretive injustice“, were not just about popular music. Although referees convinced us to drop it, we originally gestured at further examples of art-interpretive injustice arising in relation to street art.Continue reading “Art-interpretive injustice and the missing bit about street art”
My paper “Popular music and Art-interpretive Injustice”, co-authored with Evan Malone, is now accepted and forthcoming in Inquiry.Continue reading “Art-interpretive injustice”
Preserving the presence of the past
Before I started this blog, I posted for more than a decade at Footnotes on Epicycles. The blog software I was using was somebody’s indie programming project, and they had stopped maintaining it years before I migrated over here. Sometime in the last month— possibly due to a server update— the code finally stopped working. So I spent some time over the last couple of days hacking together a solution which makes all the old posts available at most of the same URLs.1
If you want to poke around over there, I’ve also added an archive page.2
Enacting the plan laid down by my younger self
TL;DR: I cut my hair.Continue reading “Enacting the plan laid down by my younger self”
A fair showing
At Daily Nous, there’s discussion of how much philosophy sites figure in Google’s C4 data set— and so in the training set of Large Language Models. The Washington Post has a widget to search for the rank of specific domains.
This very site— this blog plus my other foofaraw— ranks 612,096th with about 38 thousand tokens.
My old blog ranks close behind at 625,716th with about 37k tokens.
Although the tool isn’t designed to give this kind of result, the two together would rank somewhere around 300,000th.
In the journal Popular Music, Andrew Davis reviews my book A Philosophy of Cover Songs. He says some positive things: The book provides “a perfectly reasonable argument.” It has “quite a few moments of useful insight.”Continue reading “😐”
I’m happy to announce that our search for a Philosopher of AI has concluded and that Alessandra Buccella will be starting at UAlbany Philosophy in the Fall.
The moving targets
Updates behind the scenes and new competitors make the conversations I’ve had before with LLMs yesterday’s news. Today’s topic is what today’s chatbots can say about books that I’ve written.Continue reading “The moving targets”