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Getting an "Ought" from an "Is.

Getting an "Ought" from an "Is.

By: Enoch  •  Critical Thinkers  •  57 Comments  •  one week ago

A traditional philosophical problem is can we get an "ought" from an "is". What, if any relationship exists between statements of value and observed data? By using a sports metaphor to illustrate...
The Problem of Induction - N+1 and Penguins

The Problem of Induction - N+1 and Penguins

By: Enoch  •  Critical Thinkers  •  26 Comments  •  one month ago

The following is a quotation about the problem of induction by Sextus Empiricus. "When they propose to establish the universal from the particulars by means of induction, they will effect this by...
Dr. Richard Ireland, Psychic Demonstration. Real . . . or Fake? (Steve Allen Show 1960)

Dr. Richard Ireland, Psychic Demonstration. Real . . . or Fake? (Steve Allen Show 1960)

Via: Krishna  •  Critical Thinkers  •  33 Comments  •  one month ago

Richard Ireland demonstrates his psychic abilities on the Steve Allen Show in 1969.  During the show, Steve Allen, an ardent skeptic, even provides commentary to acknowledge the validity of...
Burden of Proof

Burden of Proof

By: TᵢG  •  Critical Thinkers  •  268 Comments  •  one month ago

In debate, one often encounters the phrase 'burden of proof' or 'burden of evidence'.   This will typically follow a claim by one of the debaters.    For example, one might claim:...
Gravitational waves

Gravitational waves

Via: TᵢG  •  Critical Thinkers  •  7 Comments  •  2 months ago

This is a lecture by Professor Lawrence Krauss at the National Technical University of Ukraine "Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute" in November, 2018.    It is long but well worth it since...
TERRIFYING TALENT! Freaky Magician GIRL Scares Judges & Audience On Asia's Got Talent!

TERRIFYING TALENT! Freaky Magician GIRL Scares Judges & Audience On Asia's Got Talent!

By: Krishna  •  Critical Thinkers  •  31 Comments  •  2 months ago

WARNING: If you don't understand what's going on here, you might find it to be scary or otherwise upsetting-- so perhaps you should decide not to watch it!
What (really) is Artificial Intelligence?

What (really) is Artificial Intelligence?

By: TᵢG  •  Critical Thinkers  •  17 Comments  •  4 months ago

Artificial Intelligence has been a goal of Computer Science since the 50's.   For decades AI tried to understand ways to get algorithms (computer programs) to make decisions that would seem...
The Black Hole at the Birth of the Universe

The Black Hole at the Birth of the Universe

Via: TᵢG  •  Critical Thinkers  •  21 Comments  •  5 months ago

The big bang poses a big question: if it was indeed the cataclysm that blasted our universe into existence 13.7 billion years ago, what sparked it? Three Perimeter Institute researchers have a...
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