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Keith Gillette
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Freelance Philosopher. Systems Savant. Incessant Optimizer.
Freelance Philosopher. Systems Savant. Incessant Optimizer.

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Poverty has no causes
“Poverty has no causes. Wealth has causes.” —Peter Bauer (economist) Or, more precisely, entropy is the cause of poverty, as statistical interpretation of the second law of thermodynamics demonstrates that the number of disordered configurations of a system...
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Consciousness is Causation
Consciousness, in the broad sense of awareness, is identical to (or at least prerequisite for) causation. That is, an "entity" must have an awareness of its environment in order for that environment to have a causal influence on the given entity. This is tr...
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"Is" applies only to the a priori
The certainty of identity expressed in the verb "to be" applies only to a priori statements, to which its use should be restricted. I judge the use of "is" in normal discourse dangerous, as it ignores the speaker's acts of perception, inference, and judgmen...
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Natural rights: nonsense upon stilts
"natural rights ... simple nonsense: natural and imprescriptible rights, rhetorical nonsense,—nonsense upon stilts." —Jeremy Bentham http://www.iep.utm.edu/bentham/ The idea of natural rights are the use of reason in service of justifying our system 1 moral...
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Mind As A Camera Metaphor
The human mind is like a camera with both automatic and manual modes Daniel Kahnemann demonstrates the operation of two separate systems in human decision-making: System 1 [automatic] unconscious, fast, instinctual decision-making. System 2 [manual]: consci...
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Argumentative Theory of Reasoning
Reason is a form of social intelligence evolved not to find truth but to help humans win arguments with others. This explains the Confirmation Bias and Motivated Reasoning. https://www.edge.org/conversation/hugo_mercier-the-argumentative-theory
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Confabulation: Your brain is a fabulous storyteller. Don't believe it.
Priming. Unconscious motivation. Motivated reasoning.
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Proof, Certainty, & Truth are not real-world concepts
Proof, certainty, and truth apply only to formal logical and mathematical demonstrations ( a priori knowledge). a priori a posteriori proof evidence certainty probability truth consistency
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Capitalism + Patrimony --> Plutocracy
R > G: The Return to capital exceeds the economic Growth rate from population and productivity, which in the absence of outside shocks or progressive capital taxation, leads to unchecked increases of economic inequality & the likely threat to egalitarian & ...
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Imperfection
Imperfection is merely an inevitable artifact of the mismatch between our discrete, static concepts and the greater, dynamic reality we intend them to represent.
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