#27.2 - The Nature of Knowledge, with Brett Hall


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Christofer and communicator Brett Hall speak about epistemological misconceptions in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss the nature of knowledge, morality, bayesianism, objectivism, free will and the self, meditation and empiricism, the fun criterion, probability, people being equally creative, autism, evolutionary psychology, incrementalism, and other related topics.

Brett Hall is the host of 'ToKCast', a podcast largely devoted to the work of David Deutsch and the worldview as set out in both 'The Fabric of Reality' and 'The Beginning of Infinity'. Brett has spend most of his life at university gaining undergraduate degrees in the philosophy of science, the teaching of science and mathematics, English grammar, and also has a masters in Astronomy from Swinburne University where he completed projects in computational astrophysics. He has previously worked as a security guard/mall cop in Sydney Australia, a science communicator with the University of New South Wales, and more recently as an advisor to some global educational institutions where he has tried to incrementally undo the amount of coercion involved in teaching. He is currently working with entrepreneur and investor Naval Ravikant on a number of projects associated with promoting the worldview in 'The Beginning of Infinity'.
Website: http://www.bretthall.org/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ToKTeacher
(1:12) - The critical nature of knowledge
(6:50) - Free will and problem-situations
(13:27) - Interpretation of subjective experience
(21:26) - Agency and responsibility
(25:40) - The fun criterion
(31:38) - When is probability useful?
(34:47) - The inductive nature of Bayesianism
(37:42) - Cultural resistance to the conjectural nature of knowledge
(40:45) - A practical example of probability
(43:49) - Autism, biology and universality
(49:18) - Are some people more creative?
(55:30) - Incrementalism in politics
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