Monthly Archives: October 2019

Beware the Fanaticism of Converts

When one has been persuaded of an extreme view there is a danger of over-reacting in the opposite direction and turning to believe everything that is said against it and also against less extreme versions of the same view. I … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong with Yang’s UBI Proposal?

US Democrat presidential nomination candidate Andrew Yang includes a kind of universal basic income in his platform; and he identifies it as a “dividend” which I prefer because it clarifies that it is not welfare but a deserved share of … Continue reading

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#YangMediaBlackout

UBI advocate, Scott Santens, has produced A Visual History of the #YangMediaBlackout  in which he shows many examples of what appears to be systematic ignoring of Andrew Yang’s campaign (esp by MSN). This seems to be an example of the … Continue reading

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1. The metaphysics of memory – The Brains Blog

I can imagine falling in a playground whose features I remember and where I undoubtedly may have fallen several times. If I do that repeatedly I can come to feel that the imagined event really happened exactly as I imagine … Continue reading

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Waking Up

“Now I’m awake, but the idea is gone.” Why came it upon me to type that just now? At first ’twas a puzzle, but now it has come to me. Like the guy in “Forgetting” I had sent me a … Continue reading

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Development as a chapter in the moral tale of economics | Aeon Essays

This includes some bits that I find helpful for thinking about both Tiananmen and the recent rise of the populist right. Source: Development as a chapter in the moral tale of economics | Aeon Essays

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Opinion | Even Physicists Don’t Understand Quantum Mechanics – The New York Times

Physicists brought up in the modern system will look into your eyes and explain with all sincerity that they’re not really interested in understanding how nature really works; they just want to successfully predict the outcomes of experiments. This would … Continue reading

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(106) What is meant by an ‘observer’ in QM? Do you have to directly observe the electron in order to collapse the wave? – Quora

In almost any imaginable theory an experiment involves the preparation of a system in what we call a “state” and the subsequent observation of various quantities which we call “observables”. The observable quantities might be lengths, colours, states of matter, … Continue reading

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Speculative Science is not necessarily “Post-empirical” Pseudo-Science

In the promo for his piece: Post-empirical science is an oxymoron, and it is dangerous | Aeon Essays , Jim Baggott is identified just as a “popular-science author”, but in fact he’s also a real scientist with research awards and applied … Continue reading

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