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Brains and Education—Part 2

As I previously noted, brains are trivially implicated in education, but it’s not clear what purpose is served with banal formulations such as “brain-based learning”. 785 more words


A Perfect Murder

The Magic of Scientism: Harry and Ray at Work and Play

The generations to be born towards the end of this decade, or the beginning of the next, should by all means endeavor to preserve their inner child for as long as possible. 3,751 more words


Dostoyevsky's Demons and the Obama "progressives"

It sounds like Dostoyevsky had Obama and his “progressive” crew, from Washington to Madison, in mind in his novel “Demons”. From an article in BBC Magazine… 259 more words


Concept Of The Day: Scientism

Just came across this, from this engrossing story called “Zoo Animals And Their Discontents“:

The philosopher Thomas Nagel, who wrote the seminal essay “What Is It Like to Be a Bat?” used a term for the tendency to deny the existence of phenomena that cannot be proved empirically.

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The unity of maths and physics revisited

A major part of scientism is the idea that maths and logic are not distinct from science, but rather that they arise from the same fundamental root — they are all attempts to find descriptions of the world around us. 2,024 more words


Knowing And Understanding

I was having a discussion the other day about how you know when you know something? According to Webster’s New World Dictionary, the word “know” is a verb tense that means one of four things. 1,288 more words