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    Is Quantum Theory About Reality or What We Know?

    Does the quantum state ultimately represent some objective aspect of reality, or is it a way of characterizing something about us, namely, something about what some person knows about reality?Photograph by Ben Scholzen / Flickr Physicists know how to use quantum theory—your phone and computer give plenty of evidence of that. But knowing how to […]

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    This Simple Philosophical Puzzle Shows How Difficult It Is to Know Something

    If knowledge isn’t justified true belief, what is it?

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    Why Scientists Need To Fail Better

    The rush for success is driving science into a corner, apart from wider culture.

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    Why We Can’t Rule Out Bigfoot

    How the null hypothesis keeps the hairy hominid alive.

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    Best of 2013: Why It’s Good To Be Wrong

    Nothing obstructs access to the truth like a belief in absolute truthfulness.

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    The Remarkable Philosophy of the TV Show “House”

    In his essay for “Uncertainty,” the second issue of Nautilus, David Deutsch explains why you can never be entirely sure that a thought is undoubtedly correct. Despite that, he says we can still learn true things about the world, and that information be used in important pursuits like medicine. In the clip below, Deutsch identifies […]

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    Why It’s Good To Be Wrong

    Nothing obstructs access to the truth like a belief in absolute truthfulness.