The observation of a black swan falsifies the hypothesis “All swans are white”.
In a recent post, Professor Darrell Arnold introduced the idea of a non-falsifiable belief or hypothesis. I would like to briefly and simply explain this important concept. Continue reading Why Non-Falsifiable Beliefs Are Vacuous
Senator Joseph McCarthy (R), an American demagogue
© Darrell Arnold Ph.D.– (Reprinted with Permission)
In American politics today an extraordinarily large percentage of the population believe not only ideas that disagree with mainstream science but also in conspiracy theories. Continue reading From Democracy to Demagoguery
There are many reasons we might want to philosophize—to become better people, gain self-knowledge, understand the history of thought, etc. But I was drawn to philosophy because I wanted to know, as far as is possible, what was true. This sentiment echoes the first sentence of the first book in my very first college philosophy class, way back in 1973. Continue reading Can We Know Anything with Certainty?
My last post elicited a comment from a reader apparently worried that, based on the contents of the post, I might be clinically depressed. Continue reading Depression and Truth