More on fake-barn intuitions: Replications of Colaco et al.

For everyone who has commented on the paper and offered feedback, thank you very much. Two attempts at replication have been made: one by John Turri (n=196 after comp checks), the other by Joshua
For everyone who has commented on the paper and offered feedback, thank you very much. Two attempts at replication have been made: one by John Turri (n=196 after comp checks), the other by Joshua [More]

Do older people have different epistemic intuitions than younger people? A study on fake-barn intuitions

Wesley Buckwalter, Stephen Stich, Edouard Machery and I recently had a paper published in Episteme, titled 'Epistemic Intuitions in Fake-Barn Thought Experiments'. Here is the abstract: In
Wesley Buckwalter, Stephen Stich, Edouard Machery and I recently had a paper published in Episteme, titled 'Epistemic Intuitions in Fake-Barn Thought Experiments'. Here is the abstract: In [More]

New paper on the philosophical role of x-phi

The post is to point readers to a forthcoming article of potential interest: 'X-phi and Carnapian explication'. I co-authored it with James Justus. In the paper we try to bring together experimental
The post is to point readers to a forthcoming article of potential interest: 'X-phi and Carnapian explication'. I co-authored it with James Justus. In the paper we try to bring together experimental [More]

Turri's "The Problem of ESEE Knowledge" Published in Ergo!

For starters, I would like to thank Franz Huber and Jonathan Weisberg for the work they’ve done to successfully develop and launch Ergo—a much needed, new, open access, online philosophy journal.
For starters, I would like to thank Franz Huber and Jonathan Weisberg for the work they’ve done to successfully develop and launch Ergo—a much needed, new, open access, online philosophy journal. [More]

The real reason why libertarians become climate-deniers

We live at a point in history at which the demand for individual freedom has never been stronger — or more potentially dangerous. For this demand — the product of good things, such as
We live at a point in history at which the demand for individual freedom has never been stronger — or more potentially dangerous. For this demand — the product of good things, such as [More]

Non-Normative Epistemology?

I've previously cited epistemic nihilism as an example of an intellectual black hole -- a view that rational agents must reject in order to preserve their capacity for rationality.  But
I've previously cited epistemic nihilism as an example of an intellectual black hole -- a view that rational agents must reject in order to preserve their capacity for rationality.  But [More]

Where the action is

I heard through the grapevine that Jason Stanley is claiming on Facebook that there is an emerging consensus in the experimental literature. The consensus is that there is a robust stakes-effect on
I heard through the grapevine that Jason Stanley is claiming on Facebook that there is an emerging consensus in the experimental literature. The consensus is that there is a robust stakes-effect on [More]

The Ties That Bind . . . are Tribal

When we're confronted with new ideas, we have a strong tendency to retreat to the beliefs we're comfortable with. This cognitive bias keeps us safe but also prevents us from seeing the errors in our own thinking and makes our world smaller than it should be. It's time to leave the cave of tribalism and embrace the unknown. It's risky and potentially painful but absolutely necessary. [More]

The Daily Owl 3-18-2014

Useful fictions are only useful if we don't know they're fictions.
Useful fictions are only useful if we don't know they're fictions. [More]

The Third Man Argument: Parts 3 & 4

What is the difference between myself and the desk at which I sit? Neither are anything but a simple assembly of atoms, floating about a universe of others. Where do I cease, in wake of something else? The aim of this essay is to defend the Theory of the Forms, and argue against the Third Man Argument’s criticisms—to effectively defend Plato from both himself and those who took up arms provided by the arguments posed by the Parmenides. [More]