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Data science defeats intuition: twin data points is the norm, not the exception - AnalyticBridge
An interesting example of bog standard note that human beings are usually bad at statistics and fail to understand what randomness really means or its effects. I'm not sure how this becomes a win for data science.
data-science  statistics  intuition 
march 2016 by tsuomela
Moral Non-Naturalism (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Very roughly, non-naturalism in meta-ethics is the idea that moral philosophy is fundamentally autonomous from the natural sciences. More accurately, a family of related but distinct doctrines has gone under the heading ‘non-naturalism’. In some contexts, ‘non-naturalism’ denotes the semantic thesis that moral predicates cannot be analyzed in non-normative terms. In other contexts, ‘non-naturalism’ denotes the epistemological thesis that knowledge of basic moral principles and value judgements are in some sense self-evident. However, this view is more often referred to as ‘intuitionism’ and I shall henceforth also refer to it as intuitionism. Most often, ‘non-naturalism’ denotes the metaphysical thesis that moral properties exist and are not identical with or reducible to any natural property or properties in some interesting sense of ‘natural’. However, just which sense of ‘natural’ is most apt in this context is highly controversial
philosophy  ethics  morality  naturalism  non-naturalism  intuition  metaethics 
august 2010 by tsuomela
Arché Methodology Project Weblog
Recent philosophy is increasingly characterized by a preoccupation with its own methods. Discussion of the legitimacy and centrality of conceptual analysis as a philosophical tool goes back to the early 20th century and has continued up until today. The question of how ‘armchair philosophy’ is possible and what role appeals to intuitions should play is a main focus of Timothy Williamson’s recent book, The Philosophy of Philosophy
philosophy  intuition  proof  experimental  methodology 
december 2008 by tsuomela

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