but why not describe it as a source of wonder / beauty / power / progress instead?

Tell someone they can fly, and they may be excited to learn how. Tell someone they can't and they may be reluctant to believe you.

If we accept only what we want to believe* how will we:

  • Find the truth
  • Obtain the power/knowledge/etc. necessary to make things better?**

*This can go either way. If we want to be able to do things, then things being possible is great. If we want to do nothing, then things being impossible is great. (Or to make a better case: we may not want to b... (read more)

Occam's Guillotine

by Hivewired 1 min read23rd Mar 202011 comments


This essay was co-written with Namespace, you can also read the essay on his blog here.

This post continues our exploration of truth. Here we begin to dig into the important parts of rationality, starting with the concept of Necessity and Necessary Beliefs.