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I Got the Cone of Uncertainty Blues

I live in Florida, where news shows used to jack up their ratings by calling the projected path of a hurricane The Cone of Death. The Cone of Death is approaching Tampa! Pretty dramatic, aye? Trouble is, hurricanes do what they want and having sent the whole city of Tampa shrieking up I-75, the hurricane … Continue reading

Science, Knowing and Missing the Big Picture

Do you like science? I do. Observing and theorizing and moving on to the next horizon-it’s definitely one of the “angels of our better (human) nature.” Of course, angels have been known to fall now and then, and so have humans, or at least this human has. A little humility is called for. We don’t … Continue reading

Plato vs Aristotle: Place Your Bets

If you like to really dig into philosophy, you can do so at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, but be warned, Aristotle said, “Philosophy can make people sick.” Alternatively, you could watch historian-comedian Mark Steele’s lectures on Youtube, where he laments that most people think of the Monty Python song when they hear Aristotel’s name: … Continue reading

The philosophy of truth: I read this stuff so you don’t have to

I see a lot of sneering references to the ignorance of an opponent in social media, and in the oh-so-fun comments from readers of controversial articles. “When did ignorance become a valid position?” “Just because you deny a fact doesn’t make it untrue.” It is interesting to note that Americans are very bad at argument … Continue reading

How Insisting You Are Right Can Kill You

All humans are believers; we all take important parts, if not all, of our worldview on faith. “Not me, I’m rational, I demand evidence for what I believe,” says the Enlightenment Man. But the Enlightenment Man is no exception. He gets his ideas from authorities; historians, scientists or other human beings, such as teachers or … Continue reading