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Book: Darwin
Book: Russell



Bertrand Russell

One of the most important logicians of the 20th Century, Bertrand Russell published a large number of books on logic, the theory of knowledge, and many other topics.

Russell made ground-breaking contributions to the foundations of mathematics and to the development of contemporary formal logic, as well as to analytic philosophy.

His book The Problems of Philosophy is one of the most popular works in Russell's prolific collection of writings, has become core reading in philosophy.

It is a guide to those problems of philosophy which often mistakenly lead to its status as too lofty and abstruse for the lay mind. Focusing on problems he believes will provoke positive and constructive discussion, Russell concentrates on knowledge rather than metaphysics, steering the reader through his famous 1910 distinction between "knowledge by acquaintance and knowledge by description," and introducing important theories of Descartes, Kant, Hegel, Hume, Locke, Plato, and others to lay the foundation for philosophical inquiry by general readers and scholars alike.

The Problems of Philosophy - Online


What is intelligence ?
Intelligence is easy to recognize but hard to define. An operative test described by Alan Turing in 1950 defines as intelligent a computer that can be mistaken as human by another human, during a conversation. But what about intelligence in non-linguistic agents ?
Towards a pragmatic definition ....more


Bioetics and the cloning of Dolly
This century will be the century of genomics, the new branch of biology that studies genomes. The power unleashed by such studies is comparable to that created by physics studies in the early XX century. A revolution is starting, but still we do not know how to deal with the many ethical problems created by it. Can we clone humans ? Can we improve them ? Can we engineer our own evolution ? ...more


Bonobo: The Forgotten Ape
This remarkable primate with the curious name is challenging established views on human evolution. The bonobo, least known of the great apes, is a female-centered, egalitarian species that has been dubbed the "make-love- not-war" primate by specialists. In bonobo society, females form alliances to intimidate males, sexual behavior (in virtually every partner combination) replaces aggression and serves many social functions, and unrelated groups mingle instead of fighting. The species's most striking achievement is not tool use or warfare but sensitivity to others.





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