Some modal fallacy whine

Given how much debate the modal fallacy have spawned on FRDB, it’s interesting to note how little two academics wrote about it when they encountered it while discussing knowledge skepticism: 2. If a belief could be mistaken, then it is not knowledge. “The phrase ‘could be mistaken’ is susceptible to a number of interpretations. According…

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XKCD’s NP-Complete

Opening paragraph: “I was reading XKCD along with a friend and we came across a comic. He wanted to continue reading but I wanted to solve it! […]” Extensive mathematical symbols necessitates a PDF file. XKCD’s NP-Complete ETA: Some of the data in the PDF is missing it seems. I do not have a backup.

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Some different deterministic theses

Determinism is a fairly broad thesis, and some formulations of it does not “work” with Swartz’s regularity theory. Below I have outlined some different deterministic theses. Minimal Causal Determinism (MCD): All events are caused. Necessarian Causal Determinism (NCD): “[G]iven a specified way things are at a time t, the way things go thereafter is fixed…

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Discussions on the internet

Intro I have a couple of thoughts related to discussing things on the internet that I want to share. These thoughts are about active networking, being effective and having the goal in mind, avoiding unproductive people etc. Realization of why one is discussing First one ought to make it clear to oneself why one is…

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A journey into possibility land

Intro and types I’ve been paying very close attention as of late to a special type of discourse: Namely, about what is possible and what is impossible. This study has led me to be very careful about my language use when speaking of such things because there are multiple types of possibilities: Logical, epistemic, physical,…

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The modal fallacy

This is a translation of my earlier article on the subject. Link. The modal fallacy By Emil Kirkegaard, Deleet.dk This fallacy is rather common among persons who are not well versed in logic (especially modal logic). Consider these two not logically identical sentences: I) If there exists at least one subject S that knows which…

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Dances with robots

Af Emil Kirkegaard Afleveret som engelsk stil, derfor er der et resume, men jeg tænkte, at diskussionen var værd at poste her også. Artiklen der refereres til hedder “Dances with robots”. Karakter givet: 10 (ny skala).   A. ΣMary (hint hint) Japan is currently attempting to create robots that look and act more like humans,…

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