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…

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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 –…

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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…

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Something about Moore’s ‘paradox’

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…

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Dialogue – Kennethamy and Emil

Kennethamy in response to something about certainty: I did not say there was such a thing as objective certainty. I said objective certainty was what Descartes was aiming at, not subjective or psychological certainty. He did not care about that. People feel certain about all sorts of things, about which they later turn out to…

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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…

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