Outreach

Reaching Out

I am a strong believer in the ideal of the university professor as a public educator and communicator of ideas. I am proud to say that I was an active participant in a unique graduate student-run philosophy outreach program at UNC Chapel Hill (a program that recently received the American Philosophical Association prize for excellence and innovation in philosophy programs), the aim of which was to communicate philosophical ideas to primary school children and elderly people in retirement homes around Chapel Hill. More recently, I have been writing for an Icelandic website, Vísindavefurinn (literally: The Science Web), devoted to communicating scientific and academic ideas to the Icelandic public (see below for links). I have also appeared on Icelandic media to discuss my work and other philosophical issues.


Media appearances

March 20, 2019: RÚV, Rás 1

Interview about the Nils Klim prize, philosophical research, and other things. Listen here.

September, 2018: Forskerforum

4-page interview about my research on disagreement in science and a variety of other things. Read here.

July 7, 2018: Khrono.no

Interview about my career so far, receiving the Lauener Prize, and the importance of philosophy. Read here.

February 29, 2016: RÚV, Rás 1 (National Broadcasting Service, Channel 1)

Interview about what Icelandic will (and should) be like in 2050.

July 30, 2015: RÚV, Rás 1 (National Broadcasting Service, Channel 1)

Interview about critical thinking in science and the social dimensions of scientific research.

April 5, 2015: RÚV, Rás 2 (National Broadcasting Service, Channel 1)

Interview about philosophical issues in research in string theory.


Writings for a popular audience

2019, encyclopedia entry on the difference between hypotheses and theories at Vísindavefurinn.

2016, encyclopedia entry on the epistemological problem of skepticism at Vísindavefurinn.

2016, encyclopedia entry on Ockham’s razor at Vísindavefurinn.

2016, encyclopedia entry on scientific facts and theories at Vísindavefurinn.

2016, encyclopedia entry on “scientific proof” at Vísindavefurinn.

2016, encyclopedia entry on scientific methodology at Vísindavefurinn.

2016, encyclopedia entry on laws of nature at Vísindavefurinn.

2016, encyclopedia entry on violating laws of nature at Vísindavefurinn.

2016, encyclopedia entry on the generality of laws of nature at Vísindavefurinn.

Hvað eru vísindi? (with Jón Ólafsson)

2016, encyclopedia entry on the nature of science at Vísindavefurinn.

2016, encyclopedia entry on the disciplinary classification of mathematics at Vísindavefurinn.

2014, encyclopedia entry on the work of Bertrand Russell at Vísindavefurinn.

2014, encyclopedia entry on naive realism at Vísindavefurinn.