By Patrick Pester There’s good news and bad news. The impacts of climate change are here with soaring temperatures, stronger hurricanes, intensified floods and a longer and more severe wildfire season. Scientists warn that ignoring climate change will yield “untold suffering” for humanity. But if things are going to get that much worse, could climate change make humans go extinct? Scientists predict a range of devastating scenarios if climate change is not kept under control, but if we just consider the direct impacts, then there’s some good news; it’s unlikely to cause our extinction. “There is no evidence of climate change scenarios that would render human beings … Continue reading Could climate change make humans go extinct?
A strange philosophical thought experiment forces us to ask if the world can be completely described in physical terms. by JONNY THOMSON Physicalism is the idea that the world can be adequately and completely explained using physical descriptions and that even things which appear non-physical can be explained as physical. A thought experiment by Frank Jackson called Mary’s Room is a challenge to this view, and it maintains that a physical or material description of something can never give a full account of it. The question is whether our private feelings — known as “qualia” — can ever be meaningfully … Continue reading Inside Mary’s Room: is a physical world all there is?