Brexit and a response to Katie Hopkins

Like many countries, the UK has a few people the media loves to put a microphone and camera in front of and listen to their opinion, no matter how uninformed or lacking in nuance it is. One such person in the UK is Katie Hopkins. She was interviewed outside the Conservative Party Conference about her… Continue reading Brexit and a response to Katie Hopkins

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A Case Study in Apologetics

In previous posts I argued discussions that aim at a representation of reality are a game, bound by rules of rationality and evidence. But, it’s not the only game in town and another one is apologetics ― bound by rules of contrived reason, aiming to look like rationality but aiming in a completely different direction.… Continue reading A Case Study in Apologetics

Brexit: where we’re at

As a Remainer who has stated that the Brexit Referendum was not constitutional, as a liberal parliamentary democracy, my summary of the where the UK stands won’t be appreciated by many. This is unlikely to be considered an impartial summary of how Brexit has gone so far. But I do think it’s worth looking at… Continue reading Brexit: where we’re at

Are atheists overconfident

Over at Patheos.com, a contributor called JH McKenna has written an article arguing that the concept of God is so incredible on its face that educated western people are not even inclined to investigate it any more. He teaches the history of religious ideas and has a PhD, so when he says he asks atheists… Continue reading Are atheists overconfident

Values and Evidence

In the last post I discussed a spectrum of genres of existence. They went from a physical reality to a conceptual reality unbounded by sense data. I finished talking about the need for evidence when one is talking about the physical reality and existence, and so the appropriate follow up, so far as I see,… Continue reading Values and Evidence

To exist

What does it mean to exist? I obviously can’t answer that ― no one can. But permit me, if you will, a perspective. I think existence can be subdivided into genres of existence, and not everything that is ‘true’ necessarily exists. There is the most obvious kind of existence, which is a physical presence in… Continue reading To exist

Experts, Nonexperts and Metaexperts

Expertise is a very specific quality. Dorion Sagan said of scientists ― but it applies to expertise in general ― that an expert who continues to make progress in their field “learns more and more about less and less until [they] know everything about nothing”. Admittedly, experts tend to retire or die before they meet… Continue reading Experts, Nonexperts and Metaexperts