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?
Principles are basic generalisations used to guide our thinking, and therefore, our actions. They are the main form in which we use concepts, by grouping them together into general observations. This enables us to reduce an enormous number of specific concretes into manageable units, while still retaining all of the … [Read more...] about How to think in principles
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
Life within the Matrix is full of myths that are simply misinformation and un-truth masquerading as legitimate different perspectives. It is the challenge of modern living to sift the truth from the un-truth. Thinking is the way out of the Matrix since it is the only way to decypher the many modern myths and discern … [Read more...] about 15 Common Myths About Thinking
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
Life within the Matrix is full of myths that are simply misinformation and un-truth masquerading as legitimate different perspectives. It is the challenge of modern living to sift the truth from the un-truth. Thinking is the way out of the Matrix since it is the only way to decypher the many modern myths and discern … [Read more...] about 15 Common myths about thinking