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

Are Dogs Rational Actors?

However, I told my friend I was going to devise an experiment to test the claim that dogs are rational actors. The experiment is this: over the next week I will place post-meal plates, bowls and saucepans on the floor as an offer to my labrador and then take them away randomly. Each item has different amounts of food on them.

Mental Head Space and Confirmation Bias

I don't know how you learn. But, as a teacher, I have seen a few papers here and there which attempt to make clear to me some ideas on how we learn. They're a bit dry; instead I want to tell you how I learn and why understanding how you learn can help you to… Continue reading Mental Head Space and Confirmation Bias

Random Rationality.

A blogging buddy, Fourat Janabi, has written two books now. And you need to read them both! They are called Random Rationality (R2) and Science, Statistics and Scepticism (S3). If I'd had my way the second book would have been called Dutiful Diligence (D2 - giving the name R2D2 - but I should have voiced… Continue reading Random Rationality.