On this episode of the podcast, we discuss the many facets of belief. We start out by discussing two major complications that belief brings to the table. First, absolute certainty is impossible–even certainty about the fact that “certainty is impossible”. Second, we can convince ourselves to believe in literally anything we want (such as the belief that demonic possession is achieved through rustling curtains and slamming doors). Next, we talk about justified, true belief and the multitude of ways our beliefs can be proven wrong. Finally, we learn how to put our beliefs under a microscope and why it’s absolutely necessary to do so in order to achieve true knowledge. All this and more on the latest episode of Philosophize this!
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Additional Stuff For Anyone Interested:
Great concise Bio of Voltaire: http://www.egs.edu/library/voltaire/biography/
As always, Stanford: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/voltaire/
Great article on the origins of religious tolerance: http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=2095