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Jeff Maynes
Works at St. Lawrence University
Attended Johns Hopkins University
Lives in Canton, NY
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My paper "Interpreting Intuition: Experimental Philosophy of Language" has just appeared in Philosophical Psychology!  http://bit.ly/11NniLA
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Hikes up Mt. Colden (9/30) and to Avalanche Lake (10/13).  
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Amazing backpacking trip on the Long Trail, with some amazing views from Mt. Mansfield.
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I'm no expert on retractions, but this is the best retraction notice I've ever seen.
 
Via Simon Charlow: "This article has been retracted at the request of the Publisher, as the article contains no scientific content and was accepted because of an administrative error. Apologies are offered to readers of the journal that this was not detected during the submission process." (http://retractionwatch.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/math-paper-retracted-because-it-contains-no-scientific-content/ --- do check this out, the item contains some interesting stuff about Elsevier's quality control).

We can beat that. Take a look at this abstract published by the ASL in its Bulletin of Symbolic Logic (http://projecteuclid.org/DPubS?service=UI&version=1.0&verb=Display&handle=euclid.bsl/1327328442):

"ADIB BEN JEBARA, Big Crunch and mathematical logic. I have proven mathematically the disappearance of space in the Big Bang. The set of paths is a set of urelements (locations are urelements), the Cartesian product of which is void. The Big Crunch happens at the level of elementary particles. The hypothesis that physical space is infinite gives interesting results. The universe with matter is a little like a sand speck in space. We cannot prove mathematically the reappearance of physical space in the Big Bang as it is a physical matter. But maybe space reappears because a Cartesian product of sets of urelements can be not empty. My research should be considered mathematical cosmology. Development upon development is like, in the dark ages of Europe, comment upon comment. So, the universe was not created with the meaning that a transformation occurred. As the universe was not created, we may consider God as the set of laws of mathematics and of nature, now entwined. Is it within seconds or minutes or more that space will reappear? A first idea came to me in 2004 and I published it in the Annual Meeting of ASL in 2005 and it appeared in this Bulletin About space and time of elementary particles. Then, I published in this Bulletin of September 2008, a clear text. The space reappears because the set of locations becomes the void set then again the set of urelements. The cardinalities of the sets of time (also urelements) and of space are Dedekind cardinals. Time begins again with the Big Bang. The axiom of choice does not hold even if there exists at least one Cartesian product of sets of urelements not void. I thank Mr. Jamil Satouri for his comment about the space reappearing."

This is listed under the mysterious rubric of "Abstracts of papers presented by title". I'm not sure how I feel about having been an invited speaker at a conference which publishes such an abstract. On the other hand, it almost reads like some strange kind of poetry.
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Really interesting review of Henrik Ehrsson's work on the relationship between perception and one's self of self.
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My "Linguistic Intuition and Calibration" has just been published online in Linguistics and Philosophy!  As its entirely predictable title indicates, it is a defense of the use of intuition as evidence in linguistics.
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It's one thing to have students command the material, but to have them share Aristotle's excitement about science is semester-making.  
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Defended.
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Congratulations to everyone involved who helped get out the #Ubuntu 12.04 release! Big hugs to everyone! http://www.ubuntu.com/
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My whole dissertation has been thrown into question!
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Philosophy Professor
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  • St. Lawrence University
    Visiting Assistant Professor, present
  • Johns Hopkins University
    Graduate Student, 2005 - 2012
  • McDaniel College
    Adjunct Instructor, 2007 - 2012
  • Gettysburg College
    Adjunct Instructor, 2011 - 2012
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Canton, NY
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Baltimore, MD - Gettysburg, PA - Tolland, CT
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"Some hold that the aim of philosophy is to construct theories that confirm everyday intuitions. What a dispiriting ambition. In my book, the best philosophy overturns common sense. Often, the impetus for change comes from outside philosophy, in the form of scientific or cultural innovation. The task of the philosopher is then to show how the new ideas reshape everyday thinking. Does this reduce philosophy to the status of a hand-maiden? Well, far better a hand-maiden of change than a lackey of the intellectual status quo." - David Papineau
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  • Johns Hopkins University
    Philosophy, 2005 - 2012
  • Gettysburg College
    Philosophy and History, 2001 - 2005
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