Cause

1943 On the farm
1943 On the farm

 

When I was a little boy we moved to a farm from the city. It was all new to me. Cows, pigs, horses, chickens were all new acquaintances. I began to notice sounds, smells, and many new experiences. We had a “swimming pool” on our farm – though my step-father called it a cow tank.

I noticed over a period of time, that every morning the rooster would crow and then the sun would rise. Every day the same events: crowing rooster followed by sunrise. I came to believe that the rooster’s crowing caused the sun to rise. After all I had lots of facts to draw on to establish “evidence”.

But then one night for supper Mom served chicken. It was good but kinda tough.

The next morning there was no crowing rooster!

But the sun came up. Causal relation destroyed. Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc.

And if you get inspired then consider:

Call for participants: Expertise, evidence and argumentation in the context of public policy-making
3-4 March, 2016
ArgLab, New University of Lisbon, Portugal
BACKGROUND
Evidence-based policy-making rests on three pillars that correspond to interlocking phases of the policy-making process. The first pillar is the gathering of facts and evidence, which by themselves would be useless without the second pillar, i.e., the search for causal relations between inputs and outputs. It cannot suffice to know the facts, we also need to understand them in terms of useful relational laws or regularities, which can be employed to influence other facts, so that a policy may successfully intervene on a causal structure. But these two pillars are insufficient to support a policy if the arguments used in the first two phases aren’t both objectively strong and subjectively persuasive. The argumentative perspective thus constitutes a fundamental dimension to policy-making. Addressing the relation between evidence, explanation/prediction, and argumentation, the workshop sheds light on how evidence is selected, assessed and presented to support a policy, thus combining communicative, scientific, and political considerations.

 

CLEMENTÉ Discussion

I will be leading a discussion with the local Clemente Class for the next few days. The topic is “Dreams, Dreaming, and Interpretation in the Hebrew Bible”.

genesis

 

We will be looking at Genesis and I will try to follow the outline below to focus the discussion:

 VIRTUAL WORLDS

ART, FICTION, DREAMS, TRIBAL HISTORY, RELIGION, MYTH

 

POSSIBLE WORLDS

LAWS OF LOGIC

RUSSELL’S PARADOX

ROCK SO LARGE GOD CANNNOT LIFT IT?

 

           LOGICALLY POSSIBLE WORLDS

 

                   ACTUAL WORLD

                       LAWS OF PHYSICS

                       REALITY

                        X IS REAL vs ?

 

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Study philosophy at GrandKids University in July!

Screenshot 2015-06-09 at 15.34.33

Take your grand kids (or even kids) to university in Nanaimo this summer! We’re teaching a two-day philosophy ‘major’ on July 9 – 10 that walks you through areas like ethics and applied reasoning … and we’ll even do some whale philosophy!

If you ever wondered about the big questions in life, here’s your chance to work through some of them with two friendly, approachable instructors who each have a Ph.D. in philosophy.

For more information, go here.