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“The Future of Copyright”, Rasmus Fleischer Link. A concise and good explanation of the current copyright situation and it’s history. CV: “Rasmus Fleischer is a Swedish historian, writer, and musician. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the Institute of Contemporary History at Södertörn University College, Stockholm. In 2003, he helped to found the Piratbyrån,…

Being a good intellectual

Can there be given a list of important virtues for any good intellectual? Perhaps I cannot provide a exhaustive one but I can suggest a few. Virtue 1 “You should be able to present your arguments without being deliberately offensive.” someone wrote in a post over at FRDB, and it struck me as a good…

Re: Beliefs and probabilities 2

Opening post. More objections and thoughts. The infinite objection I discovered another objection to the thesis. Infinite regress. The most defendable version of the thesis is (T4) S believes that p materially implies that S believes that the probability of p is >0.5 given the evidence available to S. Suppose Sarah believes p. That and…

Quote day

I går bestilte jeg en t-shirt med disse citater på ryggen. “Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of our language.” –Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations (1953), § 109. “Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.” –David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature (1739-40), Of…

Re: Beliefs and probabilities 1

Opening post. My response: I think some clarification is in order. The thesis in question is this: (T1) If S believes that p, then S believes that the probability of p is >0.5. It seems reasonable in many contexts. E.g. I believe that the Earth is round, and I believe that the probability that the…

Assertion and inference rules

Possible Worlds quote: “In the second place, the concept of conjunction can be conveyed without using any sentence connective whatever. One way – indeed one of the commonest of all ways – of expressing the conjunction of two propositions is simply to use first the sentence expressing one and then the sentence expressing the other….

The many ways

So, I am on my way home a Sunday in May and when I get into my apartment I find that my roommate has left his bike helmet on the kitchen table. Since I need to use the table, the helmet is in the way. I told him yesterday “Don’t lay the helmet there.”. I…

Sidewalk god…

Emil: There is an infinite number of possible Gods. Without evidence every guess is as good as the others or nearly so. The chance of guessing the right God is zero. Might as well not believe at all, same chances and you save the energy. McCannFan: Do you think that it is just as likely…

An appeal to skepticism about reasoning

Unaided and aided reasoning Humans reason about many things. Some things are more complex than other things. The more complex a thing is, the more probably it is that one will reason wrongly about it. For simple things the probability of unaided reasoning reasoning wrongly is not high. For complex things the probability of unaided…