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Critical thinking and the Bayesian Conspiracy

August 27, 2011
by ken

Much of dentistry today is based on the mind projection fallacy.  In order to explain consider the following – If a tree falls in the forest, and no one hears it, does it make a sound?”  I remember seeing an actual argument get started on this subject – a fully naive argument that went nowhere near Berkeleyan subjectivism.  Just:

“It makes a sound, just like any other falling tree!”
“But how can there be a sound that no one hears?”

The standard rationalist view would be that the first person is speaking as if “sound” means acoustic vibrations in the air; the second person is speaking as if “sound” means an auditory experience in a brain.  If you ask “Are there acoustic vibrations?” or “Are there auditory experiences?”, the answer is at once obvious.  And so the argument is really about the definition of the word “sound”.

http://www.ivorytowermetaphysics.com/?p=391 – Read through the blog entry link.  View the wonderful TED presentation by Dan Dennett.  Then ask yourself the next time you do a veneer or any rehabilitative procedure – who’s vision are you seeing/emulating.  Interesting principles in an increasingly BIOMIMETIC world, dangerous ones at that.

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