## Something about certainty, proofs in math, induction/abduction

This conversation followed me posting the post just before, and several people bringing up the same proof. Aowpwtomsihermng = Afraid of what people will think of me, so i had Emil remove my name-guy [09:57:00] Emil – Deleet: http://mathbin.net/109013 [09:58:50] Aowpwtomsihermng: Your mates know their algebra. [10:00:09] Emil – Deleet: this guy is a mathematician…

## Some more stuff about KK-principle

The reason to post the other post about the KKp is that i was having a conversation with a friend about it. Turns out he is a supporter of it. I think it is rather obvious that it isnt true. I posted the argument about infinite beliefs already, but there is more to be said…

## Education, autodidactism, etc.: Another Wikipedia trip

It began with this conversation with my friend Chad on Skype:   [09:54:34] Chad Stearns – Economist: A friend of mine met Aubrey De Grey [09:54:41] Chad Stearns – Economist: And did some similar research. [09:57:21] Emil – Deleet: de grey is pretty cool guy [09:57:28] Emil – Deleet: autodidact ppl ftw [11:14:06] Emil –…

## Funny stuff goes here

[21:13:16] Emil – Deleet: http://www.okcupid.com/profile/itsadeathstar?cf=regular one of those using “curvy” when they shud be using “fat” [21:13:41] The Midget – Miao: She’s beyond fat –

## Models of the most recent common ancestor

Check out this discussion i had earlier today. most recent common ancestor To sum up. A paper from 2003 proposed a model to calculate how long ago our most recent common ancestor lived. The surprising finding is that it is only a few thousand years ago. I spent the discussion arguing the implausibility of this…

## Kennethamy on boring books and learning

piratefish I’m reading Irving Copi’s Introduction to Logic, very boring and not that well written, any suggestions? Just a college level book that gives a comprehensive intro to the topic. Thanks. kennethamy “Boring” is not a particularly apt criticism of a text. There are jazzier logic books out there, with bunches of cartoon and jokes…

Wiki. Source. Kennethamy: Well, here is an example: in English we use the terms, “believe” and “know” very differently, from which we can infer that there is a difference between “believing” and “knowing”. For instance, we say, “Joe believes that La Paz is the capital of Ecuador, but he is wrong”. We never say, “Joe…

## The analytic principle of questions

Kennethamy: What is it for something to be logical? So many threads ask whether this or that is logical. Is probability logical? Are moral arguments logical? And so on. I never know what it is being asked by such questions. Is there something clear and specific that is being asked by the question, is X…