I am a philosopher, working mainly in philosophy of science. Here is a pdf of my cv: SterrettCV2012.
This site is set up as a place to gather together remarks, talks, discussions, resources, etc., about topics in philosophy I’m working on or have worked on. The title of the site — “matters of proportion” — refers to the fact that inferences using analogy and similarity of the sort I am especially interested in are based upon identifying relevant proportions.
The plan is for this site to contain pages devoted to topics I have worked on, including reactions by others to my work, and my responses to them:
— Similarity, Analogy, and Models
— Book page for: “Wittgenstein Flies a Kite: a story of models of wings and models of the world”
— Darwin (esp. Darwin’s use of analogy)
— Intelligence & Automation (esp as it relates to my papers “Turing’s Two Tests for Intelligence” and “Too Many Instincts”)
and a page on Relevance Logic
As for my other interests, the plan is to discuss them on other sites:
— new trends in Compact Gardening [url to be provided]
— good writing about dogs / good journalism about canine research [url to be provided]
— Energy and the environment [url to be provided]
— Sustainability: what, how, and why [url to be provided]
— the problems that victims of plagiarism in academic professions face [url to be provided]