I recently posted criticisms of Robin Hanson and Kevin Simler's excellent new social science book The Elephant in the Brain. Hanson responds here. The response is short so I will reproduce it here:
The fourth blog review was 1500 words, and is the one on a 4-rank blog, by philosopher Tristan Haze. He starts with praise:
So Hanson paints me as a nitpicky philosopher, but nevertheless takes the points. He didn't mention the second point under the second heading, about theory of mind, which I think is maybe the most important. This omission better lets him get away with painting me as a nitpicky philosopher. But I am happy to see the response, and will not be daunted in making conceptual points that in fast-and-loose mode may seem like mere nitpicks.
What may seem like mere nitpicks at the stage of airing these ideas and getting them a hearing can turn into important substantive points in the context of actually trying to develop them further and make them more robust.