Category Archives: Truth

Trump’s toupee

Gawker’s Ashley Feinberg did some digging and was able to trace the origins of Donald’s Trump’s meticulous hairdo. It’s a toupee! According to Ms Feinberg, Trump’s toupee is based on “a little-known, patented hair restoration treatment [pictured below] called a … Continue reading

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The Bayesian solution to the preface paradox

In our previous post, we presented Kenny Easwaran’s vivid description of the paradox of the preface. Briefly, the paradox is this: when a scholar writes up an academic paper, he would like to believe that every claim or proposition in … Continue reading

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The Paradox of the Preface

Kenny Easwaran, a philosopher at Texas A&M, recently published in the journal Nous this beautiful paper on Bayesian probabilities (hat tip: Brian Leiter). Among other things, Easwaran’s paper contains the best and most succinct explanation of the “paradox of the … Continue reading

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The Greatest of All-Time

In addition to the video below of Muhammad Ali’s greatest moments in the ring, we want to share this loving memory of Ali by our friend and colleague, the poet/writer Luanne Castle. Here is an excerpt: When I was a little … Continue reading

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Daniel Dennett’s four rules

We recently stumbled upon this short post by Maria Popova (“How to criticize with kindness”) explaining philosopher Daniel Dennett’s “four rules” of fair-minded, scholarly criticism. In brief, before you begin to refute or criticize someone else’s ideas, you should do … Continue reading

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May Day

Markets or diktats? Our friend and colleague Ilya Somin recently reiterated his call for repurposing May 1st as “International Victims of Communism Day.” We want to be the first to second his modest proposal …

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True or False?

"Science is what you know. Philosophy is what you don't know." ~Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) pic.twitter.com/la7cjUQjsJ — Cliff Pickover (@pickover) November 24, 2015

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