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Arguments For Things I Don’t Believe, 1: Research on String Theory is Largely a Waste of Time | Cosmic Variance | Discover Magazine
A gedankenexperiment on "So here we go: the best argument I can think of for why research on string theory is a waste of time."
physics  research  justification  theory  experiments  philosophy 
april 2012 by tsuomela
The Argumentative Theory | Conversation | Edge
""The article,” Haidt said, "is a review of a puzzle that has bedeviled researchers in cognitive psychology and social cognition for a long time. The puzzle is, why are humans so amazingly bad at reasoning in some contexts, and so amazingly good in others?"

"Reasoning was not designed to pursue the truth. Reasoning was designed by evolution to help us win arguments. That's why they call it The Argumentative Theory of Reasoning. So, as they put it, "The evidence reviewed here shows not only that reasoning falls quite short of reliably delivering rational beliefs and rational decisions. It may even be, in a variety of cases, detrimental to rationality. Reasoning can lead to poor outcomes, not because humans are bad at it, but because they systematically strive for arguments that justify their beliefs or their actions. This explains the confirmation bias, motivated reasoning, and reason-based choice, among other things.""
cognition  psychology  bias  decision-making  argument  evolution  rationality  reasoning  theory  confirmation-bias  belief  justification 
may 2011 by tsuomela
I Do This Because ... | No Map. No Guide. No Limits.
"So part of the answer is, I do this because I stumbled upon this thing called writing, after trying a couple of different career fields. And three days into my first job as a writer, I felt, in the same way people feel a sofa is the perfect sofa, one particular house is the one they want to buy, or a partner is “the one” they want to grow old with, that I had come home. That I had found a craft I could imagine working at, day after day, and year after year, without ever tiring of it or wishing to retire from it. And, equally importantly, that writing was perhaps the best and most unique gift I could contribute to the world."
motivation  writing  work  career  justification  reason  passion 
february 2011 by tsuomela
Skills, Competencies and Literacies, Oh My « Easily Distracted
"What I worry about when I hear this pushback against talk of skills, literacies and competencies is that it is easy for that to slide into a belief that liberal arts inquiry is distinguished by its comprehensive resistance to or rejection of the language of practicality, applicability or usage. Or that such talk, if not rejected, should be swallowed up in a fog of opacity and evasion, dissolved by irreducible complexities."
skill-development  skills  pedagogy  teaching  justification  utility  humanities  college 
january 2011 by tsuomela
The Problem of the Humanities : Uncertain Principles
We should fund the study of science and of the humanities because we have the resources to do so. We're not some edge-of-starvation subsistence farming civilization. We don't need every able-bodied adult human on the planet to be engaged in the single-minded pursuit of food and shelter. We can do better than that.

And we should study those things because we want to. You don't study particle physics because you want to get rich, you study it because you find it an interesting puzzle. And you don't read Dostoyevsky because you think that years down the line you will score huge rhetorical points by busting out The Brothers Karamazov, you read it because you find it interesting. If you don't find it interesting, you read something else. There is more great literature out there than any one person could read in a lifetime spent doing nothing but reading great literature.
humanities  future  justification  worth  science  value 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Bring Out the Dead? « Easily Distracted
Whether they’re teaching graduate or undergraduate students, humanists have to provide much more resonant explanations of their value to students and to society as a whole.
education  academia  teaching  humanities  justification  future 
january 2010 by tsuomela
The Reality-Based Community: The Passions and the Interests
This reasoning, though, is brutal--too brutal to acknowledge. While we're a pretty selfish country, "I'm all right, Jack" is not an argument people comfortably make when others' lives are at stake. But "if this passes, they'll euthanize me and my friends" is another kind of argument altogether. It's false, but easy to seize on as a morally comfortable pretext for opposing a bill that threatens one's self-interest.
reasoning  psychology  politics  rationalization  age  selfishness  justification  elderly  town-hall  protests  disruption 
august 2009 by tsuomela
The Splintered Mind: Is Philosophy All in Our Heads?
mentalist philosophy - finding out about our concepts... extra-mentalist - revealing something about the world beyond our minds
philosophy  mental  mental-process  metaphilosophy  justification 
february 2009 by tsuomela

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