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A Dialogue on Occam’s Razor

Previously: Please Stop Misunderstanding Occam's Razor. What is Occam's Razor? It is an academic principle attributed to 14th Century English Franciscan William of Ockham (apparently we've all been butchering his name all this time, who knew?). It is stated thusly: Entities should not be multiplied without necessity. It's not very precise, like my "we decide… Continue reading A Dialogue on Occam’s Razor

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Please Stop Misunderstanding Occam’s Razor

It might be the case that everything you think you’re seeing is an illusion, a trick being played by some evil demon who has both malicious intent and perfect control over your experience. You could try to test things around you very carefully to see if you can find evidence of the demon’s trickery, but if they’re… Continue reading Please Stop Misunderstanding Occam’s Razor

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The True Story of Socrates

(1400 words, 5 minutes to read) Almost every introductory philosophy class reads a few of the Socratic Dialogues, written by Plato. These stories usually explore some deep philosophical concept like Love, Honor, or Morality, through a discussion between Socrates (the philosopher protagonist of the stories, and usually the winner of the argument) and some other… Continue reading The True Story of Socrates

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Bad Reasons to reject Bad Arguments

If we start accepting 'slippery slope' arguments, then who knows what other bad arguments we might be forced to accept in the future! 'Ad hominem'? People who make those arguments are jerks.If 'affirming the consequent' is a bad argument type, then it will have a conclusion. So since it has a conclusion, clearly it's a… Continue reading Bad Reasons to reject Bad Arguments

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Please Stop Misunderstanding Occam’s Razor

It might be the case that everything you think you're seeing is an illusion, a trick being played by some evil demon who has both malicious intent and perfect control over your experience. You could try to test things around you very carefully to see if you can find evidence of the demon's trickery, but… Continue reading Please Stop Misunderstanding Occam’s Razor

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The Real World and the Meta Level

The old cliché: Small minds discuss people;Average minds discuss events;Great minds discuss about ideas.ELEANOR ROOSEVELT The Real World begins as the space of people. People have certain characteristics: Bob is at work; Tina is tall; Margaret is old; Lance is handsome. But people alone are boring, locked in a timeless existence where they have properties… Continue reading The Real World and the Meta Level