Author archives: Jesús Zamora Bonilla

The Italian coffee pot, a dialog on values in science (3): Science doesn’t do it itself, it has to be done

The Italian coffee pot, a dialog on values in science (3): Science doesn’t do it itself, it has to be done

Philosophy of science

By Jesús Zamora Bonilla

[Read Part 1 & Part 2] VIOLETA: You know the shape of the classical Italian coffee-pot, like the one Faustino has just braught. It consists of two truncated cones or pyramids, joined by their narrowest parts. I claim that the structure of the maps of values of a scientific discipline has a structure similar to […]

The Italian coffee pot, a dialog on values in science (2): From value pluralism to the unity of scientific values

The Italian coffee pot, a dialog on values in science (2): From value pluralism to the unity of scientific values

Philosophy of science

By Jesús Zamora Bonilla

[Read the first part here] LORENZO: Alright, Violeta, we may admit that the members of a scientific discipline may agree to assess the conjectures and models each of them is proposing according to some consensual rule, and we may also admit that this rule may be impartial, in the sense that it will often go […]

The Italian coffee pot, a dialog on values in science (1): Individualism, values and preferences

The Italian coffee pot, a dialog on values in science (1): Individualism, values and preferences

Philosophy of science

By Jesús Zamora Bonilla

LORENZO: We are very thankful to you, Faustino, for your invitation to see today’s football match in your home. This morning, in the Philosophy of Science Congress, you have been one of the few recalling that our national team plays the quarter-finals of the World Cup. FAUSTINO: You are welcome. I am very glad to […]

Why people believe in the soul (& 3): How does the brain perceive itself?

Why people believe in the soul (& 3): How does the brain perceive itself?

Philosophy of science

By Jesús Zamora Bonilla

In the past entries we have examined three types of ‘abnormal’ psychic experiences that have surely had an important role in the creation and diffusion of the idea of an ‘immaterial soul’ that contains our personal identity, and that can be ‘separated’ from our physical bodies, obviously including the possibility of surviving the biological death […]

Why people believe in the soul (2): near-death and mystical experiences

Why people believe in the soul (2): near-death and mystical experiences

Philosophy of science

By Jesús Zamora Bonilla

In the past entry we examined how “out-of-body experiences” (OBEs) might have an influence in the belief in a “soul” separated from the body. Now we shall take a look to the other two types of “abnormal” psychological experiences that are surely related to that belief: “near-death experiences” (NDEs) and “mystical experiences” (MEs). Near-death experiences […]