CJ Blunt

The True Causal Effect

Do medical scientists need philosophers of medicine like birds need ornithologists? A quotation often attributed to Richard Feynman claims that “philosophy of science is as useful to scientists as ornithology is to birds”. Feynman, never the intellectual slouch, acutely discounts the value of philosophy of science to him, without actually claiming that philosophers are useless, valueless, …

Pathognomy, Sine Qua Non and Constitutive Matching (Philosophy of Diagnosis, Part 2)

This series of philosophical papers unpacks six philosophical issues in diagnostics and develops a pluralistic model of diagnosis. This paper presents a set of minimal constraints which any theory of diagnostics must satisfy based on pathognomy and sine qua non relationships.

Automatic Gadfly: Socrates by Machine

Recently, I’ve been experimenting with creating philosophical work using massive machine learning language models such as GPT-2, sometimes prompted to adopt specific philosophers’ styles and sometimes just letting it run. I’ve generated essay text, clinical trial reports and aphorisms in different philosophers’ styles. After reading Justin Weinberg’s post on the …

Dual Use Technology and GPT-3

Yesterday, AI researchers published a new paper entitled Language Models are Few-Shot Learners. This paper introduces GPT-3 (Generative Pretrained Transformer 3), the follow-up to last year’s GPT-2, which at the time it was released was the largest language model out there. GPT-2 was particularly impactful because of a cycle of media hype and consternation …