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Neuroscience vs. Philosophy

Watch more videos on iai.tv From the existence of the self to the nature of free will, many philosophers have dedicated their lives to the problems of the mind. But now some neuroscientists claim to have settled these raging debates. … Continue reading

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Philosophy of Science and Death is Not Final

Aristotle described at length what was involved in having scientific knowledge of something. To be scientific, he said, one must deal with causes, one must use logical demonstration, and one must identify the universals which ‘inhere’ in the particulars of … Continue reading

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A Scientific Look at the Term Spirit

The English word spirit (from Latin spiritus “breath”) has many differing meanings and connotations, most of them relating to a non-corporeal substance contrasted with the material body. The word spirit is often used metaphysically to refer to the consciousness or … Continue reading

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Noam Chomsky – "The machine, the ghost, and the limits of understanding"

Professor Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: “The machine, the ghost, and the limits of understanding: Newton’s contributions to the study of mind” at the University of Oslo, September 2011. Q&A at 45:33 I push back on the limitations inferred … Continue reading

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Justified true belief

 Before Gettier, an historical account brings one up to date? Euler diagram representing a definition of knowledge. Justified true belief is one definition of knowledge that states in order to know that a given proposition is true, one must not … Continue reading

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The Synaptic World of Experience and Knowledge

 It is important that people realize that as much as topological seasoning is added to the world by myself,  I see ourselves intrinsically linked to the inductive/deductive process. It is as if the tail of each is linked as a … Continue reading

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Internet Archive: WayBack Machine

Internet Archive Coordinates: 37°46′56.3″N 122°28′17.65″W Internet Archive Type Digital library Founded 1996 Key people Brewster Kahle (Chairman) Website archive.org Alexa rank 230 (April 2011)[1] Available in English Internet Archive headquarters was in the Presidio, a former US military base in San … Continue reading

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Plinko Sounds a Bit like the Galton Board

This independence created by philosophical insight is—in my opinion—the mark of distinction between a mere artisan or specialist and a real seeker after truth. (Einstein to Thornton, 7 December 1944, EA 61-574)See also: Entheorizing So nature has it’s way in … Continue reading

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The Black Swan

“All swans are white” is a falsifiable claim – it could be proven wrong. Black Swan, Claremont (Cygnus atratus), Tasmania, Australia Even so, the statement all swans are white is testable by being falsifiable. For, if in testing many swans, … Continue reading

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Plato’s Problem

Plato’s problem is the term given by Noam Chomsky to the gap between knowledge and experience. It presents the question of how we account for our knowledge when environmental conditions seem to be an insufficient source of information. It is … Continue reading

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