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Sources of Error: Epiphenomenalism (part 1)

Epiphenomenalism is one idea I’ve struggled with for a long time: to my eyes, it doesn’t make any sense. But more importantly, when applied to philosophy of mind, it seems to me that epiphenomenalism does a great deal of damage.

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Posted in Consciousness, Philosophy, Premises, Psychology, Science

Complexity is in the eye of the beholder: that’s why it matters

Complexity is all around us, right? Our electronic gadgets are complex, as well as cars, laws and social relations. The thing between your ears, the human brain, is  frequently described as ‘probably the most complex object on earth’, and there

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Posted in Neuroscience, Philosophy, Premises, Psychology, Science

Recap #2: getting lost in my own muddle

In the last couple of months my original plans and general approach have been vigorously shaken. I’ve always wanted to tackle the limitations of rationality, and to show how it is difficult to avoid and/or correct macroscopic errors that invariably

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Posted in Ethics, Premises, Science, Stupidity

Wrong, stupid and stupidly wrong!

After a longish pause, it’s time to start looking at some genuinely disturbing stuff: how easy it is to make intellectual mistakes, and how hard it is to notice. I’ve been procrastinating this discussion for many reasons, but mostly because

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Posted in Premises, Science, Stupidity

Science And Pseudoscience according to Popper, Kuhn, Lakatos and me.

First of all. Yes, the title I’ve chosen makes me blush, but hey, I’m just following my own plan! This post springs from a tweet by Keith R Laws (thanks!), that linked to Imre Lakatos commemorative pages, hosted by LSE.

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Posted in Philosophy, Premises, Science

Hard, Liquid and Volatile Science: why the distinction isn’t trivial.

In the previous post I laid down a rather lengthy definition of how scientific efforts are organised and what they always (should) have in common. I may now use my descriptions to see how they relate to different intellectual efforts:

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Posted in Evolution, Philosophy, Premises, Science
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