Wettstein’s practice-based attitude to religious faith: Is realist theism no longer the only game in town?

[this is X-posted at NewApps] In philosophy of religion, realist theism is the dominant outlook: belief in God is similar to belief in other real things (or supposedly real things) like quarks or
[this is X-posted at NewApps] In philosophy of religion, realist theism is the dominant outlook: belief in God is similar to belief in other real things (or supposedly real things) like quarks or [More]

The Ties That Bind . . . are Tribal

When we're confronted with new ideas, we have a strong tendency to retreat to the beliefs we're comfortable with. This cognitive bias keeps us safe but also prevents us from seeing the errors in our own thinking and makes our world smaller than it should be. It's time to leave the cave of tribalism and embrace the unknown. It's risky and potentially painful but absolutely necessary. [More]

The Daily Owl 3-18-2014

Useful fictions are only useful if we don't know they're fictions.
Useful fictions are only useful if we don't know they're fictions. [More]

IAI Video: Thinking the Unthinkable

A new video by the Institute of Art and Ideas discussing the limits of knowledge. The power of our thought has transformed the world, and some claim a theory of everything is just around the corner. Others see limits to understanding, things we cannot think. Is there a richer world that lies beyond thought, or is this an empty mysticism that leads nowhere?
A new video by the Institute of Art and Ideas discussing the limits of knowledge. The power of our thought has transformed the world, and some claim a theory of everything is just around the corner. Others see limits to understanding, things we cannot think. Is there a richer world that lies beyond thought, or is this an empty mysticism that leads nowhere? [More]

The Daily Owl 10-10-2013

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. (Aristotle)
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. (Aristotle) [More]

The Daily Owl 10-8-2013

In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted. (Russell)
In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted. (Russell) [More]

The Daily (Guest) Owl 9-29-2013

I could care less about magicians in general. What I hate is people who exploit other people. . . . By taking advantage of their weaknesses. Their need to believe in something that's unexplainable in order to make their lives more bearable. (Dylan Rhodes)
I could care less about magicians in general. What I hate is people who exploit other people. . . . By taking advantage of their weaknesses. Their need to believe in something that's unexplainable in order to make their lives more bearable. (Dylan Rhodes) [More]

The Daily Owl 9-20-2013

Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones. (Russell)
Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones. (Russell) [More]

The Daily Owl 9-5-2013

“If the world is ambiguous, it is because those of us who live in it are faced with a number of interpretations of it, and of ourselves, that are each capable of rational support, and which are each held by people who need not have violated any doxastic obligations in adhering to them.”
“If the world is ambiguous, it is because those of us who live in it are faced with a number of interpretations of it, and of ourselves, that are each capable of rational support, and which are each held by people who need not have violated any doxastic obligations in adhering to them.” [More]

The Daily Owl 8-24-2013

"Expertise is understanding all the exceptions to the rule, and having novel opinions about when to deviate from the generalizations."
"Expertise is understanding all the exceptions to the rule, and having novel opinions about when to deviate from the generalizations." [More]