Work in progress…

As it can be seen, the blog has been divided into an english and a danish section. This is the english section. I’m in the progress of removing danish language posts but it has proven to be a lot of work. The same will happen for the danish blog. The english posts will be removed….

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Frege and anti-semitism

I was recently made aware of an odd fact. Modern logic’s inventor, Frege, was not as adorable as many people perhaps think he was. Quoting IEP: Although he was a fierce, sometimes even satirical, polemicist, Frege himself was a quiet, reserved man. He was right-wing in his political views, and like many conservatives of his…

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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…

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Quote: Bertrand Russell

“Philosophy, throughout its history, has consisted of two parts inharmoniously blended; on the one hand a theory as to the nature of the world, on the other an ethical or political doctrine as to the best way of living. The failure to separate these two with sufficient clarity has been a source of much confused…

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Logical impossibilities

What does impossible mean? Other than ‘not-possible’. Logical impossibility is the topic of this essay. More specifically we’re going to explore the two distinct meanings of logical impossible that I briefly mentioned in a previous essay A journey into possibility land.1 The two logical impossibilities The two kinds of logical impossibility are absolute and relative…

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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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