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The epistemological categories—truth, belief, inference—are richer, more complex, diverse, and nebulous than rationalism supposes.
January 8th, 2021
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January 1st, 2021
We accomplish reference by any means necessary: observable, improvised work that makes it clear what we are talking about in context.
January 1st, 2021
Peculiar features of language make sense as tools to enable collaboration, rather than to express objective truths.
December 28th, 2020
We actively work to perceive aspects of the world as meaningful, in terms of our purposes, in context.
December 19th, 2020
Routine activity usually goes smoothly overall, despite frequent minor glitches, because we have methods for repairing trouble.
December 13th, 2020
Accountability is the key concept in understanding mere reasonableness, as contrasted with systematic rationality.
November 29th, 2020
Understanding concrete, purposeful activity is a prerequisite to understanding the formal rationality that depends on it.
November 28th, 2020
A summary explanation of everyday reasonable activity, with a tabular guide and a concrete example.
November 21st, 2020
A dramatic perspective shift: understanding rationality as dependent on mere reasonableness to connect it with reality.
November 19th, 2020
The Eggplant is neither cognitive nor science, although it seeks a better understanding of some phenomena cognitive science has studied.
November 14th, 2020
Everyday reasonableness is the foundation of technical, formal, and systematic rationality.
November 10th, 2020
Rationalist theories of action try to deduce optimal choices from true beliefs. This is rarely possible in practice.
October 25th, 2020
The mistaken belief that statistical methods can tell you what to believe drove the science replication crisis.
October 24th, 2020
A thought experiment shows why probability theory and statistics cannot address uncertainty in general.
October 16th, 2020
If probability theory were an epistemology, we’d want it to tell us how confident to be in our beliefs. Unfortunately, it can’t do that.
October 10th, 2020
Probabilistic rationalism encourages you to view the whole world as a gigantic casino—but mostly it is not like that.
October 5th, 2020
Probability theory seems an attractive foundation for rationalism—but it is not up to the job.
October 2nd, 2020
Unboundedly many issues may be relevant to any practical problem, so mathematical logic does not work as advertised.
September 30th, 2020
Rationalism does not explain where hypotheses, theories, discoveries, inventions, or other new ideas come from.
September 21st, 2020