Posts with the tag philosophy:
In his Making Sense podcast Sam Harris talks about why Donald Trump is unfit for public office. For reference, these clips come from Making Sense episodes #38 and #45. They were recorded before the 2016 presidential election but the past 4 years have only shown how right Harris was in his judgement of Trump.
Sam Harris talks about how lying is more harmful than most people imagine. From white lies, Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy to more serious political deception, Sam makes the case for not lying in any situation.
Nick Bostrom proposes that we are living inside a computer simulation with a 1 in 3 probability.
Darkmatter2525 explains punitive prison systems
“I know from my own experience that there is much more to ‘intelligence’ than an IQ number. In fact, I hesitate to believe that any system could really reflect the complexity and uniqueness of one person’s mind, or meaningfully describe the nature of his or her potential.” – Daniel Tammet
The Pledge of Allegiance is a creepy 1930’s relic which should be abolished from the American education system. It’s a kind of jingoist brainwashing that goes against the spirit of education. Education should include a critical, honest reflection of one’s own country, its flaws and its history, not mindless daily chanting about how great it is.
Philosopher and cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett described a method for arguing with a person that holds opposing views. If you’ve ever heard of the straw man fallacy, it’s just the opposite of that. With the straw man, you misrepresent your opponent’s argument to make it easier to take down. With the steel man, you face the most charitable interpretation of your oppenent’s argument.
There is a very subtle contradiction in the definition of Newcomb’s Paradox having to do with free will. The “choice point” is assumed to be after the predictor makes its prediction. In this post I demonstrate why that can’t be the case because it only makes sense to talk about a choice point before the predictor’s prediction.
Superman is the most iconic comic book superhero in the world. He represents moral goodness and justice. He is loved by millions. But he isn’t brave.
My thoughts on the importance of logic, its role in education, common misconceptions and the limits of logic.