Justified True Belief: The Crisis of Knowing How We Know – 5

From the days of Plato, here's what philosophers have said knowledge is: "Justified True Belief" Interesting that such a jumble of ideas connect to create a fairly solid place to stand.  (Since the 60's, Plato's formulation has apparently come under fire, but let's just stick with that one idea for a moment.)  Simply stated, knowledge …

Placebos and Shams: The Crisis of Knowing How We Know – 2

When healing happens, what (or who) exactly, is in charge of the healing? Years ago, in Bill Moyers' 1993 publication Healing and the Mind, I came across an interview with Dr. Candace Pert in which she makes a stunning claim.  She told Moyers that in multiple personality disorders, it could be shown that within the same …

Brain, Free Choice, and the Limits of Knowing: The Crisis of Knowing How We Know – 1

In August 1966, I was seven years old heading into second grade.  My memory of the guy that went up into the tower at the University of Texas to kill a bunch of people is vague, but it's there.  Turns out, according to David Eagleman's Atlantic Monthly article "The Brain on Trial", Charles Whitman knew …

The Crisis of Knowing How We Know: Introduction

The Atlantic Monthly’s July/August edition is labeled “The Ideas Issue.”   When I took the Marcus Buckingham “Strengths Finder” test, ideas and “ideation” (the process of thinking) were at the top of the list of my results.  I love ideas, love to think about them, and celebrate when a supposed new one crosses my path.  When …

Passion and Virtue

My friend and I were talking this morning, and she mentioned a quote from Jane Austen that said something about a marriage not lasting because of passion outstripping virtue.   I looked online and here's the quote I think she was referring to.   I found it over at Jane Austen's Quote of the Day. …