• When truth is given second place to morality

    I wish climate scientists would concentrate on the baleful effects of climate change instead of dishonestly cranking up their certainty that these effects will occur. It’s a discredit to anyone’s epistemic judgement to act out Pascal’s wager like that. Take the following example from today’s World at One: BBC: “It used to be said at…

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  • Thoughts on oughts

    [I’ve succumbed to the urge to use italics in this, although my original aim was to express these thoughts as a thread of Tweets. — Jeremy] 1There is a variety of different kinds of ought. For example, rationally, “anyone who believes that p and that p implies q ought to believe that q”. Prudentially, “we…

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  • Carol of Birds, Beasts and Men

    Christus natus est! the cock Christ is born Carols on the morning dark. Quando? croaks the raven stiff When? Freezing on the broken cliff. Hoc nocte, replies the crow This night Beating high above the snow. Ubi? Ubi? booms the ox Where? From its cavern in the rocks. Bethlehem, then bleats the sheep Huddled on…

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