The Crisis of Knowing How We Know: Postscript

There's knowledge, and there's faith. A final salvo in my rumination about epistemology, or the study of knowledge, and knowing how we know. Those things that require faith cannot, by definition, be proven to be true in the sense that epistemology demands if a thing is to be counted as "knowledge."  Faith, by definition, is …

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 …

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 …