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Why It’s Good To Be Wrong - David Deutsch - Jan 2015
"The theory of knowledge is a tightrope that is the only path from A to B, with a long, hard drop for anyone who steps off on one side into “knowledge is impossible, progress is an illusion” or on the other side into “I must be right, or at least probably right.” Indeed, infallibilism and nihilism are twins. Both fail to understand that mistakes are not only inevitable, they are correctable (fallibly). "
creativity  fallibilism  philosophy  logic  David-Deutsch  epistemology 
february 2015 by pierredv
Kees van Deemter: The importance of being vague - 10 March 2010 - New Scientist
Interesting to compare to the "tyranny of the right answer" - argues that in some areas, vagueness is both unavoidable and desirable defintition: "A vague concept allows borderline cases. . . . The vagueness does not arise from insufficient information: some concepts are fundamentally vague." Dawkins quote: "Richard Dawkins calls this tendency to think in discrete categories "the tyranny of the discontinuous mind"."
logic  language  research  NewScientist  quotations 
april 2010 by pierredv
The Traveler's Dilemma - Scientific American:
a variation of the Prisoner's dilemma, with a discussion of why people might not make the logically rational choice
fallacies  behavior  logic  psychology 
june 2007 by pierredv

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