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The Beginning of Infinity: Laying the Foundation

May 14, 2023 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CEST

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In his debut Interintellect Salon, Phil Filippak will talk about key principles of critical rationalism and what constitutes good applied epistemology.

Humanity faces many challenges that urge us to acquire clarity of thought and develop a shared global memeplex that promotes progress, so that we can overcome obstacles and reach the stars. In his book The Beginning of Infinity, philosopher and physicist David Deutsch covers a wide range of knowledge- and progress-related topics. We will mainly address three of them: good explanations, criticism, and creativity. And then we’ll try to define what does it mean to have correct epistemology and how we can arrive there.

Overall, the plan for this salon is to delve into:

  • Good explanations: hard to vary, falsifiable, reaching beyond their initial scope.
  • Criticism and defiance of authority.
  • Creativity. What it is and what increases it.
  • Powerful epistemology.

We will also touch briefly:

  • Applying Occam’s Razor to various approaches to knowledge on the meta level.
  • How Nietzschean yes-saying may help us not to get distracted with falsehoods?
  • Why false ideas are not always bad and how our creative mind can employ those?

This salon will be recorded.

Recommended Readings:

It will be great if you will have read The Beginning of Infinity in full but even the first 4 chapters will provide you with enough context.

If you want to dig deeper into critical rationalism, you may find this website to be of great value.


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May 14, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CEST
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