These are my links for January 12th from 14:56 to 17:27:
- Churchâ€™s Thesis and Humeâ€™s Problem.pdf (application/pdf Object) – â€¢Justification = truth-finding performance.
â€¢Performance depends on problem complexity.
â€¢Formal and empirical complexity are similar.
â€¢Computational epistemology is unified
â€¢Standard epistemology is divided.
â€¢Insistence on division weakens truth-finding
performance of effective science.
- Evidence_&_Uncertainty.pdf (application/pdf Object) – I endorse the view that it may be of no relevance to the acceptability of the Everett interpretation of quantum mechanics as a physical theory whether or not an informed observer can be uncertain about the outcome of a quantum measurement prior to its having occurred. However, I suggest that the very possibility of post-measurement, pre-observation uncertainty has an essential role to play in both confirmation theory and decision theory in a branching universe. This is supported by arguments which do not appeal to Van Fraassenâ€™s Reflection Principle.
- Shea,_Millikans_Isom_reqt,_circ_dr,_23Nov08.pdf – Millikanâ€™s theory of content places great reliance on the existence of isomorphisms between a system of representations and the things in the world which they represent â€” â€œthe mapping requirement for being intentional signsâ€ (Millikan 2004, p. 106). This paper asks whether those isomorphisms are doing any substantive explanatory work. Millikanâ€™ isomorphism requirement is deployed for two main purposes. First, she claims that the existence of an isomorphism is the basic representing relation, with teleology playing subsidiary role â€” to account for misrepresentation (the possibility of error). Second, Millikan relies on an isomorphism requirement in order to guarantee that a system of representations displays a kind of productivity.. This paper argues that all the work in fixing content is in fact done by the teleology
- Stiglitzâ€™s 5 Lessons from 2009 Â» New Deal 2.0 – The best that can be said for 2009 is that it could have been worse, that we pulled back from the precipice on which we seemed to be perched in late 2008, and that 2010 will almost surely be better for most countries around the world. The world has also learned some valuable lessons, though at great cost both to current and future prosperity â€” costs that were unnecessarily high given that we should already have learned them.