A definition is a statement expressing the meaning of a concept in terms of its essential characteristics or nature. What do I mean by this? What do you mean by that? Inaccurate or sloppy definitions are the cause of incalculable misunderstandings, deception and misguided action and therefore suffering. Conversely, … [Read more...] about How to check your definitions and know what you’re talking about!
These days it is widely held that achieving certainty with respect to our conclusions is impossible. This is not surprising considering the predominant cultural context of philosophical assumptions. On the premise of rejecting reality as an objective absolute, knowable to the mind by the epistemology of reason, … [Read more...] about How can I be certain, of anything?
Intellectual self-defense is just as important as physical self-defense. We need to be able to protect ourselves from false arguments, so that we are not fooled into acting against our own self-interest. These days it is sad to say that propaganda and false ideas dominate the news narrative, and unless we are equipped … [Read more...] about Ep 172 Intellectual self-defense for truth seekers
The Great Reset is a proposal put forward by the World Economic Forum (WEF) to fundamentally re-structure the global economy in the light of the recent plandemic/scamdemic COVID nonsense. In reality, if you understand what it means to have a system imposed on you that insists you will have nothing, then you will be … [Read more...] about Ep 171 What is ‘The Great Reset’ and how can we oppose and defeat it? — with Shannon Rowan
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
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
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
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
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
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?