Ray Scott Percival

Ray Scott Percival

I’m navigating an ocean of enigmas and paradoxes of philosophy. I love both people and ideas, and there is no pleasure more sublime than discussing ideas with people driven by curiosity and wonder in the world. I am an alumnus of The University of Warwick (MA) and The London School of Economics (PhD). I founded and edited (with Professor Barry McMullin, DCU) The Karl Popper Web (1995 - present) and was the organiser of the Annual Conference on the Philosophy of Sir Karl Popper between 1988 to 1998, both sponsored by The Open Society Institute and The London School of Economics. Not being an organisation but an individual, the seed funding for the projects was made to "a uniquely gifted individual." To further the discussion of Karl Popper's work, in 1995 I founded a discussion forum, The Critical Cafe, and a peer-reviewed online journal, The Critical Rationalist. I have had an interest in libertarianism since the early 1980s, being on the executive committee of the London-based Libertarian Alliance. In the mid-90s I setup an associated discussion group on the Claranet internet provider, The Libertarian Alliance Forum, which was transferred to Yahoo Groups in about 2001. In 2000 I was listed by Barron's Who's Who as one of five hundred "world leaders for the new century." Combining my interests in both Popper's critical rationalism and libertarianism, in 2018 I published on Amazon Prime Video the documentary "Liberty Loves Reason: Charles Darwin versus Political Correctness." (Starring David Deutsch FRS and Professor Paul Levinson.) I have a keen interest in science and technology, publishing many articles and reviews for Nature, The New Scientist, Science Spectrum and The Times Higher Educational Supplement. I have taught Philosophy at the University of Lancaster, UK and between 2004 and 2012 taught at the U.A.E. University. My specialties are the philosophy of science and the philosophy of mind.

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