I have a few simple questions for Sam Harris: Science rests on the presupposition that there are mind-independent facts to be discovered about the Universe. That is, the purpose of science is the discovery of ontological knowledge. If the distinction between mind-independent objective ontological knowledge and mind-intrinsic subjective epistemological knowledge is an illusion, and there… Continue reading A Belated Response to Sam Harris’ Moral Landscape Challenge
This is an attempt to unpack a many-layered truth and to use it to provide some context on the nature of the disagreement between Jordan Peterson and Sam Harris. I expect some things may not make sense at first and it will appear as if I’m repeating myself in other places. Unfortunately what follows is… Continue reading When ugly ducklings grow into black swans…
The Renaissance marked the end of the age of faith and the birth of the age of reason. In the process, Western civilisation abandoned the spiritual truth as the pivot of its axis in favour of the material truth. It follows that the process itself must have been a success insofar as society could arrange… Continue reading A Millenial’s Manifesto
Psychologists and neuroscientists have a lot more in common than they realise.
The Five Factor Model(FFM) is more or less what you get after a century of applying the lexical hypothesis to English speech. It’s a nice model of personality, but there’s just one snag: It only works if you have the right words for the job. In the case of extraversion and neuroticism this is not… Continue reading Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, a Tale of the Big Five’s Dark Side