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
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!
When I was a child there was a TV quiz show in which contestants examined a really zoomed in close-up of one tiny part of a larger object. They had to guess what the larger object was while the camera slowly zoomed out. As more of the picture was revealed it became easier to identify precisely what was being observed … [Read more...] about There is no such thing as knowledge out of context