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Certainty and possibilities

February 27, 2011

I don’t know that I love the name–“possibilians” seems a bit clumsy to me–but I value the idea.

I find too many skeptics who assume that we know a lot more about what isn’t than it seems possible to know.  Vigilant skepticism adds to the quality of conversation.  As a vehicle for combating dangerous silliness like parents not vaccinating children against smallpox or polio, sorting through the facts carefully and re-evaluating the explanation, insisting on coherent, repeatable experiments makes sense. But knowing what isn’t is much more difficult. Certainty on the right and the left has left us less able to solve difficult problems.

Neuroscientist David Eagleman’s Pop Tech! presentation is worth a watch.

David Eagleman on Possibilianism from PopTech on Vimeo.

(Reposted from KK)

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  1. brentdaily permalink
    February 27, 2011 7:09 pm

    There are 2,000 religions in the world…everyone already knows what it’s like to be an Atheist. You can look at another religion and think their beliefs are patently ridiculous.

    Small nugget of wisdom that would go a long way in bridging the conversation gap between the right and left.

    Excellent vid. Thanks for posting Skippy.

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