Chris Crawford at Cologne Game Lab in 2011
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You don’t know jack. Neither do I. The world is far more complex than we realize. I have spent a lifetime learning about a huge range of topics Continue reading The Limits of Knowledge
In a previous post, I claimed to be a fallibilist. This technical philosophical term refers (roughly) to “the belief that any idea we have could be wrong.” Or, more precisely,
Fallibilism (from medieval Latin fallibilis, “liable to err”) is the philosophical principle that human beings could be wrong about their beliefs, expectations, or their understanding of the world, and yet still be justified in holding their incorrect beliefs. Continue reading What is Fallibilism?
I received a correspondence from a reader who wonders about “the triumph of judgment over spontaneity as we emerge from childhood into adulthood and the consequent obstacle it poses for living in psychic comfort.” Continue reading Skepticism and the Meaning of Life
The biologist and paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) was one of the most prolific and widely read authors of popular science in the twentieth century. (Links to a few of his books can be found below.) In addition to authoring or editing more than twenty books, he penned the foreword to Michael Shermer’s 1997 book Continue reading The Beauty of Skepticism
My very bright youngest daughter told me about a matrix in which our home state of Washington ranked 49th out of the 50 states on some educational ranking. Naturally, I was skeptical since the American south ranks lowest on virtually every educational measurement Continue reading On Belief and Skepticism