In this episode, I am going to discuss an aspect of knowledge that many people these days are not aware of, yet it has immense importance for our political freedom, and our ability to argue for freedom. It can also leave us vulnerable to a serious logical fallacy, and affects our ability to truly understand the ideas … [Read more...] about Ep 167 – The Hierarchical Structure of Knowledge
Truth seeking: where to start?
The essence of truth seeking is questioning assumptions. This involves looking at a claim, statement or idea, and not only questioning the reasoning in support of it, but also the assumed premises the claim rests on. This means, checking the logical starting points of the reasoning, as well as the validity of the … [Read more...] about Truth seeking: where to start?
Ideas – Why they matter, and why you should be interested in them
If you want to know the truth about what is going on in your world, you need to get interested in ideas. If you care about what is going to happen in the future, if you care about freedom, peace and prosperity; you must enter the realm of, and deal with, ideas. Ideas are powerful, big or small, they motivate people, … [Read more...] about Ideas – Why they matter, and why you should be interested in them
You Have Free Will
One of the key foundational idea that must necessarily underpin the concept of truth for it to have meaning, is to accept that you are a being of volitional consciousness. This means that you have the capacity to make choices, evaluate options and decide what course of action to take in any given circumstances. One of … [Read more...] about You Have Free Will
Ep 165 – Epistemology: the fundamentals of how to know what’s true
We all need a means to validate what we claim as our knowledge. We need to know how to know things, how to achieve certainty that the ideas we hold and act on, are valid and true. We don’t have automatic knowledge, but we require knowledge in order to act successfully. Hence our need for a means of validating any and … [Read more...] about Ep 165 – Epistemology: the fundamentals of how to know what’s true
Ep 162 – Inconsistent Epistemology with Dr Andrew Kaufman
It has always been important to be able to accurately discern which claims are true and which are false. We humans need knowledge of reality in order to know how to act, so we can lead successful lives. This means we need to have a means of validating the ideas we hold to be true. We need to be able to check the … [Read more...] about Ep 162 – Inconsistent Epistemology with Dr Andrew Kaufman
Why is our western culture falling apart?
In my circle of family and friends I see the signs. My wife and I have 3 surviving parents - all of them are in hospital. My step-sons father has just had surgery on his shoulder. I have many acquaintances with back problems and various ailments. I don't know anyone other than myself and my children who are fully … [Read more...] about Why is our western culture falling apart?
Ep 160 – Dangerous False Ideas (Part 2)
In part one I talked about the proliferation of bad (false) that dominate western culture. These false ideas (any false idea) cannot possibly lead to success, only to failure and suffering. My focus here today is to identify more of the fundamental ideas that shape our thinking, our values, our choices and the way we … [Read more...] about Ep 160 – Dangerous False Ideas (Part 2)
Ep 159 – Dangerous False Ideas (Part 1)
In the world today we see the proliferation of bad ideas! Ideas that are false because they contain some aspect that is not true, that does not correspond to reality. I have been researching across a broad range of topics for the past 10 years, and I have found bad ideas in almost every subject I look into: In … [Read more...] about Ep 159 – Dangerous False Ideas (Part 1)
Ep 157 A Brief History of Deception – and the context in which to see it
In order to best understand the world we live in it is crucial to think in terms of fundamentals and to be philosophically aware. One must have a basic knowledge of philosophy and preferably of Ayn Rand's philosophy Objectivism. When the full context is held in mind its clear that there is no great awakening happening, … [Read more...] about Ep 157 A Brief History of Deception – and the context in which to see it