Articles Filed Under: Philosophy

  • What is Doxa and Invisible Acculturation?
  • Orwell feared the use of pain to control the rabble. Huxley feared that distraction in the form of artificial “pleasure” (aka cellphones, television, movies, MTV, etc.) would be far more effective. Read More...

  • Is Leo Strauss Better than You? Your government thinks he is
  • Many of the leaders of the world’s leaders are followers of a somewhat obscure political science professor at the University of Chicago - Leo Strauss. Read More...

  • What is Metanoia and other Postmodern Foolishness?
  • In his work “Misere du Monde” Bourdieu describes several techniques. Techniques which he feels will correct many of the problems researchers have in understanding how humans view the world. The techniques he recommends included primarily interviews, surveys, and observations. In his analysis of how these are commonly done, Bourdieu concluded that the entire question of data gathering a Read More...

  • Jus Ad Bellum: Kant, Hegel, and other war spelaeologist
  • I remember reading Kant’s ’Critique of Pure Reason’ [5] for the first time. I was very keen on Alfred North Whithead’s mathematical work with Russell [6, 7], and hoped that Kant might be along the same lines. Ouch - what a disappointment! His rejection of Hume was interesting, but IMHO filled with logical flaws. I could not for the life of me see why he was held up as some sort of paragon. Especia Read More...

  • Is Morality a Payoff Matrix?
  • Durkheim spoke of morality in the sense of rules and regulations. But Weber was concerned with morality in in the sense of values acquired to elaborate fact. Both he and others realised that as morality is acquired, then it is subject to control by authority and reframing. What they did not address was that if morality is inherent, then such control needs to be differently applied - total reframin Read More...

  • Haecceity, Indeterminacy, Postmodernism, One Electron Only
  • Stephen Hawking once showed (mathematically, not experimentally of course) that black holes could evaporate and even explode. And that by so doing, all of the information born by whatever particles and cats had fallen into the black hole prior to its disappearances, would also be destroyed. Read More...

  • Can Your Core Beliefs be Easily Altered?
  • Propositional belief is the belief that something is so. For example, you might believe that you are 70 years old. This in turn implies a belief in an objective truth which is verifiable. For example to believe that you are 70 years old implies that you were born. This is an implication that can be verified, such via a birth certificate. Similarly the actual age can be verified by the same certifi Read More...

  • Is Neuroimaging Fallacious?
  • A few years ago a happily married school teacher with an exemplary record suddenly began to sexually molest children [51]. He was arrested, found guilty, and remanded for sentencing. Read More...

  • What is genius?
  • Elsewhere [2, 3] I have discussed Kuhn’s “La structure des revolutions scientifiques”, Bachelard’s and Latour’s work on the interdependence of the social existence of data and conclusion, and my own view that the concept of “paradigm shift” is meaningless hyperbole Is (Real) Science Dead?). I pointed out too that in these analyses and indeed in most writing after Kant particularly in postmodern th Read More...

  • Creating the Fourth Reich?
  • Some interesting experiments where performed in 1962. Subjects were presented with a stack of 2000 pages of random numbers and instructed to add each two adjacent numbers while a man in a white lab coat absented himself from the room. There was no financial or other inducement, other than that the lab-coat wearer had been introduced as someone important, an authority figure. Over 90% of the test s Read More...

  • Acculturation theory
  • In this section I leave behind the limitations of Chomsky–Schützenberger and the induction of the semantic property. Instead I discuss some elementary neural processes, then develop a trivial model of biological systems which can incorporate multicellular architectures. As discussed previously, I am not enamoured of adaptive resonance (ART) or similar theories which seem to me to be updated versio Read More...

  • Is Technology Neutral? No.
  • The point of course is that most people on the planet have absolutely no concept of how to do research, let alone validate their findings. This lack of ability to do research extends too to politicians such as G. W. Bush, Donald Trump, and others of equal intellectual attainment. This means that it is very easy for large data corporations to bias their results. Sometimes by accident, but more comm Read More...

  • Deep structure
  • Hence ’rose’ and ’rosa’ are different signifiers for the same signified flower – a change of signifier has no effect on the relational meaning. Saussure’s subsequent work became known as semiology – the idea that the meaning of an action or object is always dependent upon a ground of shared convention. Saussure was an early structuralist. Structuralism seeks to understand the interrelationships be Read More...

  • Engineering Philosophy - convincing others to think like you
  • In its highest form, the philosophy is the pursuit of truth, with a capital T. Sadly throughout history philosophy has been perverted (as has religion) by those who would use its tools to destroy reason while seeming to uphold it, lead and dominate others, or in its lowest form, justify the obscenity of war. Read More...

  • Soft Fascism, Neoliberalism, Hard Fascism, and Hayek
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  • Is truth relative? Part I
  • In this short article I will answer the question of whether or not truth is relative. Spoiler alert - it’s not. But rather than revisit the tired old philosophical, scientific, religious, political, or what have you paths that others have walked (social, scientific, philosophical), I will approach the question from the point of view seldom discussed - that of education. Read More...