The Chinese Room:
The fallacy in John Searle’s argument that no machine could ever understand a human language
Cranks and Crackpots:
How experts fail to distinguish cranks and crackpots from serious researchers
Man versus Machine:
Roger Penrose claims that Gödel’s incompleteness proof indicates that human brains must be using quantum processes that no machine could replicate
Bishops Dancing with Pixies?
The fallacies in a claim that Artificial Intelligence can never match nor surpass human intelligence
The Mind-Body problem:
Why there is no Mind-Body problem
The Mary’s Room fallacy:
The fallacies in an argument that attempts to prove that consciousness cannot be the result of purely physical processes
Is Mathematics Unreasonably Effective?
Why the argument that conventional mathematics is amazingly effective for science is completely wrong
The duplicity of Mark Chu-Carroll:
How a mathematician refuses to play fair when he finds he has no logical answer to an argument
A John Searle inanity:
A demonstration of the obvious error in an argument by John Searle that human consciousness might be non-computable
How to tell if someone is a crackpot:
An examination of the claims of the crackpot John Gabriel
Fake News and Fake Mathematics:
How some parts of mathematics have been fabricated without any supporting logical basis
Ned Block’s Blockhead:
An attempt to use the concept of a magical non-intelligent machine to ‘prove’ that a non-intelligent machine can pass any Turing type test
Thinking and Being:
How the philosopher Irad Kimhi conjures up imaginary difficulties regarding statements of non-existence
Are we alone in the Universe?
Examining the claim that Gödel’s incompleteness proof is the most profound proof in the entire universe, and that we should broadcast it to alien intelligences
A look at possible futures in view of the rise of artificial intelligence
Belief systems versus rationality:
Common factors between different belief systems
Must a proof be correct simply because someone claims that it has been checked by a computer program?
Natural Language and Reality:
How philosophers have managed to become befuddled by natural language and how the difficulties are easily resolved
Numbers, chairs and unicorns:
Platonists claim that numbers have an actual “existence” that is as real as the existence of chairs, rather than simply being human concepts
Why do people believe weird things?
Why do intelligent people continue to defend beliefs that have no logical basis?
Some aspects of Gödel’s philosophy:
Some rather surprising statements by Gödel that reveal beliefs that have no logical nor evidential foundation
Dobbs vs Jackson & Roe vs Wade:
A look at the recent US supreme Court’s ruling re abortion
Responses to Quora questions:
My responses to some questions and answers posted on the censorial site Quora
The source of a multitude of irrational unfounded assumptions about the infinite
“Straight and Crooked Thinking”:
An online copy of the book by Robert Thouless on fallacious and dishonest arguments.
The Law of the Excluded Middle:
A look at the notion of “truth” with respect to provability and the law of the excluded middle
Another intuitive error by Gödel:
An intuitive error by Gödel in another of his published papers, an error that was only discovered years later
The Balls in the Urn Paradox (The Ross-Littlewood paradox):
How woolly thinking about infinity can lead to contradictions
Rationale: Every logical argument must be defined in some language, and every language has limitations. Attempting to construct a logical argument while ignoring how the limitations of language might affect that argument is a bizarre approach. The correct acknowledgment of the interactions of logic and language explains almost all of the paradoxes, and resolves almost all of the contradictions, conundrums, and contentious issues in modern philosophy and mathematics.
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