Believing What You Know is Not True

Embed from Getty Images “I believe in God, and there are things that I believe that I know are crazy. I know they’re not true.” –Stephen Colbert   While Stephen Colbert ended up as a
Embed from Getty Images “I believe in God, and there are things that I believe that I know are crazy. I know they’re not true.” –Stephen Colbert   While Stephen Colbert ended up as a [More]

Threat Assessment II: Demons of Fear & Anger

Embed from Getty Images In the previous essay on threat assessment I looked at the influence of availability heuristics and fallacies that directly relate to errors in reasoning about statistics and
Embed from Getty Images In the previous essay on threat assessment I looked at the influence of availability heuristics and fallacies that directly relate to errors in reasoning about statistics and [More]

Trump & Truth

View image | gettyimages.com As this is being written at the end of November, Donald Trump is still the leading Republican presidential candidate. While some might take the view that this is in
View image | gettyimages.com As this is being written at the end of November, Donald Trump is still the leading Republican presidential candidate. While some might take the view that this is in [More]

Three Options in the Epistemology of Philosophy

You pursue your arguments as far as they go, and eventually reach your bedrock assumptions: foundational premises that you accept (and might describe as seeming 'intuitive' to you), but that you can
You pursue your arguments as far as they go, and eventually reach your bedrock assumptions: foundational premises that you accept (and might describe as seeming 'intuitive' to you), but that you can [More]

Self-Undermining Skepticisms

Radical skepticism has a curious tendency to undermine itself:  If you can know (or justifiably believe) nothing at all, then you cannot know (or justifiably believe) even that.  So it
Radical skepticism has a curious tendency to undermine itself:  If you can know (or justifiably believe) nothing at all, then you cannot know (or justifiably believe) even that.  So it [More]

Now out in the Journal of the American Philosophical Association: "Experimental Evidence for the Existence of an External World" (Schwitzgebel & Moore)

A project in the "experimental philosophy of cosmology". Official version here. Free MS version here. Abstract: In the first experiment, I exhibit unreliable judgment about the primeness or
A project in the "experimental philosophy of cosmology". Official version here. Free MS version here. Abstract: In the first experiment, I exhibit unreliable judgment about the primeness or [More]

Skepticism, Locke & Games

View image | gettyimages.com In philosophy skepticism is the view that we lack knowledge. There are numerous varieties of skepticism and these are defined by the extent of the doubt endorsed by
View image | gettyimages.com In philosophy skepticism is the view that we lack knowledge. There are numerous varieties of skepticism and these are defined by the extent of the doubt endorsed by [More]

Ex Machina & Other Minds III: The Mind of the Machine

View image | gettyimages.com While the problem of other minds is a problem in epistemology (how does one know that another being has/is a mind?) there is also the metaphysical problem of
View image | gettyimages.com While the problem of other minds is a problem in epistemology (how does one know that another being has/is a mind?) there is also the metaphysical problem of [More]

Ex Machina & Other Minds II: Is the Android a Psychopath?

View image | gettyimages.com This essay continues the discussion begun in “Ex Machine & Other Minds I: Setup.” As in this essay, there will be some spoilers.  Warning given, it is time to
View image | gettyimages.com This essay continues the discussion begun in “Ex Machine & Other Minds I: Setup.” As in this essay, there will be some spoilers.  Warning given, it is time to [More]

Ex Machina & Other Minds I: Setup

View image | gettyimages.com The movie Ex Machina is what I like to call “philosophy with a budget.” While the typical philosophy professor has to present philosophical problems using words and
View image | gettyimages.com The movie Ex Machina is what I like to call “philosophy with a budget.” While the typical philosophy professor has to present philosophical problems using words and [More]