Senses and reality – part 2

[ This is post #5 in the series, “Finding reality in a post truth world.” ] In Part 1 on this subject, I looked at the vision system as a demonstration of Donald Hoffman’s FBT (Fitness Beats Truth) theorem. In this part, I’ll look at some of the other senses – touch, hearing, smell, and

Conspiracy Theories, Part 3

[ This is post #3 in the series, “Finding reality in a post truth world.” ] In Part 1, I looked at some of the more prominent conspiracy theories and their prevalence. In Part 2, I examined the “building blocks” of conspiracy theories, the logical fallacies that, when put together, form the foundation of most

Conspiracy Theories, Part 2

[ This is post #2 in the series, “Finding reality in a post truth world.” ] In Part 1, I looked at some of the more prominent conspiracy theories, their prevalence, and the dangers they pose. In Part 2, I’ll examine the underpinnings of conspiracy theories, showing how they rest on cognitive fallacies that we

Conspiracy Theories, Part 1

[ This is post #1 in the series, “Finding reality in a post truth world.” ] QAnon is now part of mainstream politics in America, at least insofar as Trump is part of mainstream politics. At first a rarity, today people wearing “Q” tee shirts and displaying QAnon slogans at Trump rallies are ubiquitous. This