Category Archives: Philosophy
By George Chen If one lies all the time, by negating his or her statements, the receiver of his or her information can extract truth from him or her just as good as from those who never lie. One such … Continue reading
That is a quote from Bertrand Russell’s Scientific Outlook. Since Russell never said anything without a good reason, I spend a couple of years searching for the reason. Here is what I have discovered so far: 1. Science relies on … Continue reading
On MIll’s Liberty: It is even more desirable in our day than it was in his to uphold the kind of outlook for which he stands
With Mill’s values, I for my part find myself in complete agreement. I think he is entirely right in emphasizing the importance of the individual in so far as values are concerned. I think, moreover, it is even more desirable … Continue reading
A belief may be compared to a cistern plus a pipe plus a tap. The tap can be turned on, and the belief can influence the action, but neither happens without an additional stimulus. When a man is believing something, … Continue reading
There are two great men in history whom he somewhat resembles. One was Pascal, the other was Tolstoy. Pascal was a mathematician of genius, but abandoned mathematics for piety. Tolstoy sacrificed his genius as a writer to a kind of … Continue reading
By George Chen At the beginning of knowing was the mind, then sensible experiences, then a leap of faith, then a world, which appeared much older than the mind, was inferred.