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Kent A. Peacock
University of Lethbridge
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    Symbiosis and the Ecological Role of Philosophy.Kent A. Peacock - 1999 - Dialogue 38 (4):699-718.
    It has now been nearly 25 years since Richard Routley argued persuasively, at the 15th World Congress of Philosophy, that we can discern a need for a “new, an environmental, ethic.” And yet, students of environmental ethics still sometimes feel that we have to defend our discipline as serious philosophy. My purpose here is to revisit, from a somewhat different direction, the ground covered by Routley, and argue that environmental philosophy is not “pop” metaphysics or a trivial branch of applied (...)
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    Happiest Thoughts: Great Thought Experiments of Modern Physics.Kent A. Peacock - unknown
    This is a review of those key thought experiments in physics from the late 19th century onward that seem to have played a particular role in the process of the discovery or advancement of theory. Among others the paper discusses Maxwell's demon, several of Einstein's thought experiments in relativity, Heisenberg's microscope, the Einstein-Schrödinger cat, and the EPR thought experiment.
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  3. On the Edge of a Paradigm Shift: Quantum Nonlocality and the Breakdown of Peaceful Coexistence.Kent A. Peacock - 1998 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 12 (2):129 – 150.
    I present a thought experiment in quantum mechanics and tease out some of its implications for the doctrine of “peaceful coexistence”, which, following Shimony, I take to be the proposition that quantum mechanics does not force us to revise or abandon the relativistic picture of causality. I criticize the standard arguments in favour of peaceful coexistence on the grounds that they are question-begging, and suggest that the breakdown of Lorentz-invariant relativity as a principle theory would be a natural development, given (...)
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    The Quantum Revolution: A Historical Perspective.Kent A. Peacock - 2008 - Greenwood Press.
    The twilight of certainty -- Einstein and light -- The Bohr atom and old quantum theory -- Uncertain synthesis -- Dualities -- Elements of physical reality -- Creation and annihilation -- Quantum mechanics goes to work -- Symmetries and resonances -- "The most profound discovery of science" -- Bits, qubits, and the ultimate computer -- Unfinished. business.
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    Would Superluminal Influences Violate the Principle of Relativity?Kent A. Peacock - 2014 - Lato Sensu, Revue de la Société de Philosophie des Sciences 1 (1).
    It continues to be alleged that superluminal in uences of any sort would be inconsistent with special relativity for the following three reasons: they would imply the existence of a ‘distinguished’ frame; they would allow the detection of absolute motion; and they would violate the relativity of simultaneity. This paper shows that the first two objections rest upon very elementary misunderstandings of Minkowski geometry and on lingering Newtonian intuitions about instantaneity. The third objection has a basis, but rather than invalidating (...)
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  6. Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity: Metaphysical Intimations of Modern Physics. Aristotelian Society Series, Vol. 13.Kent A. Peacock - 1996 - Philosophical Review 105 (2):259-262.
    Sherlock Holmes is reputed to have once remarked impatiently to his earnest but plodding colleague Watson, “How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?” In Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity, Tim Maudlin offers us a thorough and provocative argument based on this methodological principle. Maudlin insists that all explanations of the mysterious non-local correlations of quantum mechanics must by now be rejected except one: distant events in quantum (...)
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    The No-Signalling Theorems: A Nitpicking Distinction.Kent A. Peacock - unknown
    It seems to me that it is among the most sure-footed of quantum physicists, those who have it in their bones, that one finds the greatest impatience with the idea that the ‘foundations of quantum mechanics’ might need some attention. Knowing what is right by instinct, they can become a little impatient with nitpicking distinctions between theorems and assumptions. —John Stewart Bell [4, p. 33].
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  8. Philosophy of Ecology.Kevin deLaplante, Bryson Brown & Kent A. Peacock (eds.) - 2011 - North-Holland.
    The most pressing problems facing humanity today - over-population, energy shortages, climate change, soil erosion, species extinctions, the risk of epidemic disease, the threat of warfare that could destroy all the hard-won gains of civilization, and even the recent fibrillations of the stock market - are all ecological or have a large ecological component. in this volume philosophers turn their attention to understanding the science of ecology and its huge implications for the human project. To get the application of ecology (...)
     
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    A New Look at Simultaneity.Kent A. Peacock - 1992 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1992:542 - 552.
    It is generally believed that an invariant notion of a global present or "Now" cannot be defined in special relativity, because of the relativity of optical simultaneity. I argue that this may be a non sequitur since it is not necessarily the case that the psychological "Now" should be thought of as associated with constant time slices in spacetime. By considering a science fictional version of the Twin Paradox due to Robert A. Heinlein, I argue that it is psychologically plausible (...)
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    The Three Faces of Ecological Fitness.Kent A. Peacock - 2011 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 42 (1):99-105.
    This paper argues that fitness is most usefully understood as those properties of organisms that are explanatory of survival in the broadest sense, not merely descriptive of reproductive success. Borrowing from Rosenberg and Bouchard , fitness in this sense is ecological in that it is defined by the interactions between organisms and environments. There are three sorts of ecological fitness: the well-documented ability to compete, the ability to cooperate , and a third sense of fitness that has received insufficient attention (...)
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    Quantum Logic and the Unity of Science.John Woods & Kent A. Peacock - 2004 - In S. Rahman J. Symons (ed.), Logic, Epistemology, and the Unity of Science. Kluwer Academic Publisher. pp. 257--287.
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    A Different Kind of Rigor: What Climate Scientists Can Learn From Emergency Room Doctors.Kent A. Peacock - forthcoming - Ethics, Policy, and Environment.
    James Hansen and others have argued that climate scientists are often reluctant to speak out about extreme outcomes of anthropogenic carbonization. According to Hansen, such reticence lessens the chance of effective responses to these threats. With the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet as a case study, reasons for scientific reticence are reviewed. The challenges faced by scientists in finding the right balance between reticence and speaking out are both ethical and methodological. Scientists need a framework within which to (...)
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    A Different Kind of Rigor: What Climate Scientists Can Learn From Emergency Room Doctors.Kent A. Peacock - 2018 - Ethics, Policy and Environment 21 (2):194-214.
    ABSTRACTJames Hansen and others have argued that climate scientists are often reluctant to speak out about extreme outcomes of anthropogenic carbonization. According to Hansen, such reticence lessens the chance of effective responses to these threats. With the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet as a case study, reasons for scientific reticence are reviewed. The challenges faced by scientists in finding the right balance between reticence and speaking out are both ethical and methodological. Scientists need a framework within which to (...)
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    The Einstein-DeSitter Controversy.Kent A. Peacock & Richard Feist - 1997 - ProtoSociology 10:235-238.
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    Bub and the Barriers to Quantum Ontology.Kent A. Peacock - 2002 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 16 (3):285 – 289.
    (2002). Bub and the barriers to quantum ontology. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science: Vol. 16, No. 3, pp. 285-289. doi: 10.1080/0269859022000013346.
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    The End of the World: The Science and Ethics of Human Extinction John Leslie New York: Routledge, 1996, Vii + 310 Pp. [REVIEW]Kent A. Peacock - 1999 - Dialogue 38 (3):650-.
  17. Christopher Norris, Quantum Theory and the Flight From Realism: Philosophical Responses to Quantum Mechanics Reviewed By.Kent A. Peacock & Scott Jones - 2002 - Philosophy in Review 22 (2):138-140.
     
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    From Physics to Metaphysics.Kent A. Peacock - 1998 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 28 (2):287-309.
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    Introduction: John Woods in Profile.Andrew D. Irvine & Kent A. Peacock - 2005 - In Kent A. Peacock & Andrew D. Irvine (eds.), Mistakes of Reason: Essays in Honour of John Woods. University of Toronto Press. pp. 1-12.
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    Books by John Woods.Kent A. Peacock & Andrew D. Irvine - 2005 - In Kent A. Peacock & Andrew D. Irvine (eds.), Mistakes of Reason: Essays in Honour of John Woods. University of Toronto Press. pp. 517-520.
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    Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity: Metaphysical Intimations of Modern Physics. Aristotelian Society Series, Vol. 13. [REVIEW]Kent A. Peacock - 1996 - Philosophical Review 105 (2):259-262.
    Sherlock Holmes is reputed to have once remarked impatiently to his earnest but plodding colleague Watson, “How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?” In Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity, Tim Maudlin offers us a thorough and provocative argument based on this methodological principle. Maudlin insists that all explanations of the mysterious non-local correlations of quantum mechanics must by now be rejected except one: distant events in quantum (...)
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    Critical Notice.Kent A. Peacock - 1998 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 28 (2):287-309.
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  23. Michael Redhead, Incompleteness, Nonlocality, and Realism: A Prolegomenon to the Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics Reviewed By.James Robert Brown & Kent A. Peacock - 1988 - Philosophy in Review 8 (8):316-320.
     
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    Contributors.Kent A. Peacock & Andrew D. Irvine - 2005 - In Kent A. Peacock & Andrew D. Irvine (eds.), Mistakes of Reason: Essays in Honour of John Woods. University of Toronto Press. pp. 511-516.
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    Preface.Kent A. Peacock & Andrew D. Irvine - 2005 - In Kent A. Peacock & Andrew D. Irvine (eds.), Mistakes of Reason: Essays in Honour of John Woods. University of Toronto Press.
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    Acknowledgements.Kent A. Peacock & Andrew D. Irvine - 2005 - In Kent A. Peacock & Andrew D. Irvine (eds.), Mistakes of Reason: Essays in Honour of John Woods. University of Toronto Press.
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    Contents.Kent A. Peacock & Andrew D. Irvine - 2005 - In Kent A. Peacock & Andrew D. Irvine (eds.), Mistakes of Reason: Essays in Honour of John Woods. University of Toronto Press.
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    Frontmatter.Kent A. Peacock & Andrew D. Irvine - 2005 - In Kent A. Peacock & Andrew D. Irvine (eds.), Mistakes of Reason: Essays in Honour of John Woods. University of Toronto Press.
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    Index.Kent A. Peacock & Andrew D. Irvine - 2005 - In Kent A. Peacock & Andrew D. Irvine (eds.), Mistakes of Reason: Essays in Honour of John Woods. University of Toronto Press. pp. 521-533.
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    Mistakes of Reason: Essays in Honour of John Woods.Kent A. Peacock & Andrew D. Irvine (eds.) - 2005 - University of Toronto Press.
    The essays evaluate Woods' work and celebrate the generous contribution that he has made to Canada?s intellectual development over the past forty years.
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  31. Michael Redhead, From Physics to Metaphysics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press1995. Pp. Xiii + 92.Kent A. Peacock - 1998 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 28 (2):287-309.
  32. The End of the World: The Science and Ethics of Human Extinction. [REVIEW]Kent A. Peacock - 1999 - Dialogue 38 (3):650-652.
    Suppose you woke up one morning having utterly forgotten what year it was, or, indeed, what century and what millennium it was, but with all your cognitive faculties otherwise intact. In particular, you remember that human population increases monotonically with time, implying that, in later years, there are far more positions you could be occupying in the whole set of all persons who have ever lived or will live. Then, John Leslie tells us, you will apply your knowledge of probability (...)
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