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Noface
Atanaa Inquisitive
Posted about 1 year ago
Can we think without any presumptions?
Let’s think what it would mean to think without presumptions. At it’s most extreme it would seem to mean “to think only using ideas that are logically justified”. The problem then becomes “Which ideas can be logically justified?”. There are certain things that we (nearly?) all agree on and depend on as the foundation of out thinking, yet I am unsure can be proved logically from the available evidence. Certainly I would not know how to prove them. For example, “The physical world I experience is real”. I could in theory be a brain in a tank being given artificial stimulation to mimic the real world – or a computer simulation of a brain also being stimulated. The possibilities seem endless. If that is the case then the process of thinking even a simple thought without presumption would be equally endless and therefore impossible on practical grounds.
Noface
Atanaa Inquisitive
Posted about 1 year ago
Laurie Santos: A monkey economy as irrational as ours
It would be interesting to know how widespread these behaviors are in other primates. If all/most others behave in the same way it would add wight to the idea of an ancient origin of the different approaches to gain and loss. Taking a wider view, I wonder if similar experiments could be done with some none-primate species. Dolphins, octopuses and certain birds all might have enough intelligence.