2 November 2014

A call for epistemic humility


Dr. Peter Boghossian gives a nice talk here suggesting that we should simply replace the word faith with the phrase pretending to know things we do not know. One thing I really like about his attitude is that he doesn't advocate an adversarial stance towards people of faith.

6 comments:

Stagflationary Mark said...

Gold faith: pretending to know things about gold we do not know

I lost the gold faith in 2006. ;)

Karlo said...

The only gold I've ever owned still covers two of my back teeth. That's enough for me.

Stagflationary Mark said...

Karlo,

I have three gold crown halves in an envelope. I swallowed the other half when the dentist was removing them a few years ago. It slipped from his fingers and down it went.

This is not what most people would generally say, but...

I'm really hoping that you own 33% more gold than me! :)

Seriously. It was tiny but it was sharp. Hasn't caused me any problems that I know of, and it's very likely gone. Can't say it with 100% certainty though.

Karlo said...

My xrays used to show a BB stuck somewhere in my chest. I don't know if it was from a shooting accident as a kid or if I swallowed it and it got stuck. There's probably all sorts of weird souvenirs from the past embedded in the lines of various organs if someone could take a look. (:

Stagflationary Mark said...

Karlo,

Ralphie desires a BB gun in A Christmas Story, but the a recurring theme is that he will poke his eye out.

It wasn't long after I got a BB gun that I shot it from a local bridge (tiny rural town) down into the water. It didn't hit the water though. It hit a small rock outcropping. That BB came right back and hit me directly between the eyes. Fortunately, it had lost much of its velocity (it did not break the skin). Even more fortunately, the hit to my face was randomly well placed.

Oddly enough, I never shared that story with my parents! :)

Karlo said...

Those things are dangerous, especially when placed in small dangerous hands.