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Knowledge and Information

We’ve covered a number of different articles about how ‘Words are funny things!‘ and can have multiple meanings. The word, know, is no different in this regard. As a word by itself or in a phrase can be used to describe a number of things. KnowledgeInformationAwarenessCertainty/Uncertainty Therefore, it can be said that you know something…


‘What if you’re wrong?’ – Pascal’s wager – SciPhi: 020

Pascal’s wager is a Commonly quoted argument from the 17th Century Philosopher, Theologian and Mathematician, Blaise Pascal, but is there more than folks realise? Tonight we get under the skin of this argument and explore various thoughts and rebuttals. Pascals Wager Pascals wager is an argument often used by theists but one of the key…


Normatively Atheist

I’ve said language is descriptive and people are free to identify how they like a number of times, but when discussing definitions I speak of the normative or most logical. This can be met with some hostility, with people often telling me I am the one being illogical or that I don’t understand what normative…


Russell’s Teapot and World – SciPhi: 019

Russell’s Teapot and World (aka 5 min Hypothesis) Tonight we continue our thought experiments by looking at Russell’s teapot and world. Russell’s World/The 5 Minute Hypothesis (Analysis of Mind, 1921) ‘There is no logical impossibility in the hypothesis that the world sprang into being five minutes ago, exactly as it then was, with a population…


Agnostic Atheism – CMT – Vol: 13

It is very common to hear folks use the term agnostic atheist to describe themselves, and others. Let me say that you are free to identify how you like, though I would suggest you don’t be prescriptive with your identification on to others. If you wonder why; consider if you are the sort to tell…


Analysis of ‘Caffeine Corner w/David C. Smalley: A Philosophical Discussion’

I figured I would write some notes in response to a video I watched of ‘Caffeine Corner’ with Steve and Chesh and found I ended up writing almost 11 pages of notes – I figured may as well sort it out and post it as an article. Before I get accused of bias, I will…


Free Will & Determinism

I have spent a lot of time thinking about free will and determinism, and a fair bit reading others thoughts on it too. I’ve been trying to sift through my own thoughts on the matter because I am still mostly agnostic towards the whole thing though I do lean towards a form of compatibilism that…


Broken Wheels – Thought Experiments – SciPhi: 014

Thought Experiments Tonight we discuss thought experiments, how they might be answered through different moral theories, and how context might change folks’ answers. We will start with the Trolley Problem, and if we run out of time will cover the rest in a future episode, such as the experience machine or doctor problem. Trolley Problem…


You won’t believe this… CMT – Vol: 12

I’ve been trying to think of another way to explain beliefs as I still hear folks saying they are ‘absent of belief in regards to x’ or ‘have no beliefs’. Whilst I am sure they believe what they are saying, it makes me feel I have failed in my explanations. Rather than spray out the…


Morality and Misconceptions – SciPhi: 018 [Video]

Morality and Misconceptions Morality is a complex topic often discussed on the internet. There are a number of misconceptions surrounding it and as such, I created some “cards” for quick reference based on a number of learnings from a variety of sources and moral theories. W e will be leaning on a number of things…