The Barber Paradox Shook the Foundations of Math

No less a mind than Bertrand Russell, of Principia Mathematica fame, was responsible for this paradox, which opened a hole in math. It's those barbers. The Barber Paradox shows that barbers are not to be trusted. » 12/15/14 9:40am 12/15/14 9:40am

Listen to Bertrand Russell and F.C. Copleston debate the existence of…

As philosophical debates go, it doesn't get much better than this. On January 28, 1948, British logician Betrand Russel faced off against Jesuit priest F.C. Copleston on BBC radio in a now-famous debate over the existence of god, and the metaphysical and moral implications of a god-governed (or godless) universe.… » 11/15/12 9:40am 11/15/12 9:40am

The Philosophical Roots of Science Fiction

People use science fiction to illustrate philosophy all the time. From ethical quandaries to the very nature of existence, science fiction's most famous texts are tailor-made for exploring philosophical ideas. In fact, many college campuses now offer courses in the philosophy of science fiction. » 8/08/12 11:34am 8/08/12 11:34am

This logic puzzle will make your brain hate you

How's your Monday coming along? Pretty rough? Well it's about to get a little hairier. If I'm not mistaken, this self-referential brain teaser is a play on the age-old Liar's paradox, (or, for those of you familiar with set theory, Russell's paradox), reframed in the form of a multiple-choice question. » 10/31/11 12:30pm 10/31/11 12:30pm

Latest Symphony of Science auto-tune jam will warm your heart and mind

The next Symphony of Science jam session is out titled, "A Wave of Reason." Listen to Bertrand Russell, Carl Sagan, Carolyn Porco and others sing about "scientific reasoning and skepticism in the face of growing amounts of pseudoscientific pursuits." » 11/23/10 12:00pm 11/23/10 12:00pm