Maybe those who say philosophy is a futile waste of mental energy have a point when it comes to the big questions conventional philosophy has consistently failed to resolve. Consider, for example, that there has been little if any progress in figuring out the relationship between body and mind. Can such a question really be treated like some complex mathematical equation that simply lacks its yet-to-be-discovered solution? When it comes to tricky philosophical questions, can we really expect some eureka moment to one day arrive and forever put them to bed?Continue reading
Many human procedures are based on reliably identifying points in space and time. Points are specified directly, as in ten miles north of here, or at 15:00 hours, or indirectly, as in where the electron is found, or as soon as the cage is opened. Either way, the mind assumes these points to provide useful markers and measures of reality. But does this idea stack up as anything more than a cognitive convenience? What can be learned about the mind’s identification of such points, plus its use of them to map out reality?
Physics relies heavily on measuring some aspect or behavior of whatever is studied. But the accuracy and authenticity of the process are more dubious than commonly recognized – with consequences for the trustworthiness of both physics and everyday ideas.