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Category Archives: Epistemology
Language Does Not Equal Reality
Every Saturday, my friend Jim Grey publishes a “recommended reading” list of interesting blogs from the previous week. Today’s list linked to an article about the benefits of speaking multiple languages. Jim explained: “I used to speak German very well. … Continue reading
Posted in Epistemology, Philosophy, Psychology Tagged Chinese, English language, Language, Multilingual, Newspeak, Objective reality, Postmodernism 4 Comments
Do WMDs Make Religion Too Risky?
On his blog, philosopher Eric Kaplan posed a serious question (paraphrased here): If our weapons can destroy all life on earth, can we still afford to believe in a God who plays favorites? People sometimes claim that God is “… … Continue reading
Posted in Bible, Christianity, Epistemology, Jewish Philosophy, Judaism, Philosophy, Psychology Tagged Aggression, Atheism, Belief in God, Kin Selection, Philosophy of Religion, Religion, Sapolsky, Steven Weinberg, Theism, War 3 Comments
Confucius Said: “Consider the Source”
I admit it: the ancient Chinese sage Confucius didn’t really say “consider the source.” At least it’s not in The Analects of Confucius, a collection of his teachings that were compiled and edited after his death. (The linked edition provides … Continue reading
Can We Measure the Quality of Debates?
As an undergraduate mathematics major, I had to take three semesters of statistics. I’m pretty good at mathematics, but statistics is a different animal. To adapt the famous last words of English actor Edmund Gwenn, “Mathematics is easy. Statistics is … Continue reading
Can We See Past Our Own Foundations?
You can’t understand anything in terms of nothing. That much is obvious. What’s less obvious is that it’s a barrier to communication and understanding. Each of us has a foundational viewpoint that biases how we see the world. It includes … Continue reading
Posted in Epistemology, Philosophy, Political Science Tagged Debate, Disagreement, Open-minded, Rationality, Truth 2 Comments
You Can’t Prove God — and It Doesn’t Matter
“You can’t prove God’s existence. And it doesn’t matter.” Continue reading
Posted in Epistemology, Jewish Philosophy Tagged Atheism, Bible, Christianity, Judaism, Logic, Philosophy, Proof, Religion, Theism 2 Comments