Beauty and truth

History is full of theories that were beautiful and wrong. Indeed, beauty and truth do not correlate. But the connection persists. Why?…
History is full of theories that were beautiful and wrong. Indeed, beauty and truth do not correlate. But the connection persists. Why?… [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]

Review of Caputo’s Philosophy in Transit

Caputo has done a fine job of clarifying and classifying the postmodernist approach to truth and reality. His readable and eloquent book is an excellent guide to the outlook common in a certain strain of Continental European philosophy. His neglect of other areas of philosophy is disappointing.
Caputo has done a fine job of clarifying and classifying the postmodernist approach to truth and reality. His readable and eloquent book is an excellent guide to the outlook common in a certain strain of Continental European philosophy. His neglect of other areas of philosophy is disappointing. [More]

Why we must tell lies

Aristotle noted four types of lies; Augustine eight. Both frowned on fibbing. But some truths can be conveyed only through falsehoods…
Aristotle noted four types of lies; Augustine eight. Both frowned on fibbing. But some truths can be conveyed only through falsehoods… [More]

Kant by Any Other Name?

Neo-Kantianism? Biocentrism, a theory by Robert Lanza and Bob Berman attempts to turn cosmology on it's head.
Neo-Kantianism? Biocentrism, a theory by Robert Lanza and Bob Berman attempts to turn cosmology on it's head. [More]

Beyond Logic: Why Do We Disagree?

A recent paper by Helen de Cruz talks about why two educated people who are exposed to the same evidence disagree on the conclusion of an argument. The reasons aren't all that simple.
A recent paper by Helen de Cruz talks about why two educated people who are exposed to the same evidence disagree on the conclusion of an argument. The reasons aren't all that simple. [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 Owl 9-27-2013

Nothing equals the ignorance of the modern philosophers in matters of science, except the ignorance of modern scientists in matters of philosophy. (Gilson)
Nothing equals the ignorance of the modern philosophers in matters of science, except the ignorance of modern scientists in matters of philosophy. (Gilson) [More]