Saturday, May 6, 2017

Episode 14: What You Can't Say

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Episode 13: The Nothingness of Personality

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For more Borges audio, try his lectures. These are in his own voice, and some are even in English!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Episode 12: Why Speculate?

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Further reading: Generalized Mount Stupid

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Episode 11: Cargo Cult Science

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Episode 8: The Will to Believe

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Part of this lecture serves as a partial response to The Ethics of Belief, the reading-fodder for the previous episode. James identifies some important psychological realities and subtle distinctions that Clifford glosses over. If you ask me to pit them against one another, then I'm with Clifford. I don't think James was quite fair. He totally ignored Clifford's Bastatian, proto-Hayekian point about the macroeffects, the subtle and distributed effects, the side effects, the unnoticed negative externalities, of promoting less than maximally true beliefs.

However. This essay's logic is, so far as I can tell, insecapable. I'm astonished that no one has ever adopted this essay's theses as a foundational epistemological principle, that I've never seen debates one way or the other on the matter. Having read the essay several times in the course of producing this episode, I must say that I agree with it.