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3-SECOND THRASH Science grows by a process of conjecture and refutation. 3-MINUTE THOUGHT The financier and philanthropist George Soros was Popper’s student at the London School of Economics. He made billions of dollars with his investments and currency trading. Soros says that he used Popper’s method of conjecture and refutation to help decide on investments, and credits it with his success. RELATED PHILOSOPHIES HUME’S PROBLEM OF INDUCTION GOODMAN’S GRUESOME RIDDLE KUHN’S SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONS 3-SECOND BIOGRAPHIES KARL POPPER 1902–1994 GEORGE SOROS 1930– 30-SECOND TEXT Barry Loewer Karl’s brain grew so large that he realized that the only thing that he knew to be true was that he would never know what was true, only what was false.

For instance, a pain is surely not about or of anything, it just is. But for Brentano, pain still has an intentional aspect: pains represent damaged areas of the body. Most contemporary philosophers accept that intentionality is a mark of the mental, and that it is ultimately based in the brain and its activities. Exactly how this works is the 64-billion-dollar philosophical question. 3-SECOND THRASH Being about things is what mind is about. 3-MINUTE THOUGHT The traditional way of distinguishing mind and matter is to think of them as two distinct kinds of substance: physical stuff is solid, and has mass and extension; mental stuff has no weight or dimensions, but is a thing nonetheless.

If so, your next philosophical move may be to look for a general principle that specifies when promises ought to be kept. ” Some people think that we ought to obey ethical rules because God commanded it. But even if you believe that God exists this isn’t correct, since (as Socrates would have said) keeping your promises is not right because God commanded it, but rather God commanded it because it is right. So why is it right? If you explore what philosophers have said about this question over the past 2,500 years, you will discover that there is a lot of disagreement.

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