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The Believing Brain #2

February 9, 2012

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Michael Shermer’s The Believing Brain is worth a read. He makes the point that the brain is a ‘believing machine’, and acknowledges that many or most of our truths are constructions of the believing brain that may have little or no relationship to ‘reality’. He notes that our brains are the most complex and sophisticated […]

The believing brain

February 5, 2012

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In a new book, The Believing Brain, Micheal Shermer says: “We form our beliefs for a variety of subjective, personal, emotional, and psychological reasons in the context of environments created by family, friends, colleagues, culture, and society at large; after forming our beliefs we then defend, justify, and rationalize them with a host of intellectual […]

Who decides your future… you or them?

January 18, 2012

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Science has some answers, but not all the answers. Science says that several things shape your future, including your genes, your early childhood experiences (how the twig is bent so grows the tree), the place and culture  and time you happen live in (for instance the USA, Canada or North Korea or Iran in 2012), and […]

How you make decision in an uncertain world!

September 14, 2011

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Confidence in Initial Beliefs Scientists like mathematical models because they enable them to explore complex questions while relying on a relatively simple perspective – a mathematical perspective. In what follows we rely on a very simple math model – one that even Homer Simpson would understand – to explore how we make decisions in a […]

What’s real #2

August 15, 2011

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“IT ALL DEPENDS!” That’s what they tell us, that’s what  a famous scientist (Hawking and his ‘model dependent realism’ ) and a famous comedian (Colbert’s and his ‘truthiness’ ) tell us is the answer to the question “What’s real? or what’s true?” Answer: It all depends!” In a way you already know this. You already […]

Whose the smartest atheist of all?

June 9, 2011

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Jenny: “If I’m going to learn about atheism who should I read?” Peter: ” Why waste your time, they’re just as biased as the religious extremists.” Professor Wiggle: ” Dawkins and Dennett are both smart, but Chris Hithens is smarter. He remembers what other big brains forget. He remembers that arguments  in both religion and science […]

Angels dancing on the head of a pin #1

May 22, 2011

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Did you know…. Physics can now determine how many angels can dance on the head of a pin? Philosophers used to seriously debate the question: How many angels could dance on the head of a pin? Then science came along and said that was a silly question. Science said that only questions that could be […]