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A book that should be read

Here is another book I would highly recommend to anyone interested in the computational/informational turn in philosophy and especially in philosophy of science: Paul Humphreys, Extending Ourselves - Computational Science, Empiricism, and Scientific Method (Oxford: OUP, 2004; 2007 paperback). That it took me so long to read it merely shows how high the pile of my "legenda" is, it is not an indication of the quality of the text. Humphreys provides one of the best assessments known to me of the new form of computational empiricism that we might see develop in the future. The book is short, but full of information and packed with good ideas and suggestions. It has a very urbane, no-frills way of "being real" about several philosophical issues too often treated as scholastic untouchable dogmas and emptied of real life. His discussion of the realism debate is refreshing, for example, and the chapter on simulations is most interesting. In a way, it could almost be