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What were the reactions to Hume's problem of induction from scientists practicing in the field?

I can't speak for people in the 18th century, but there isn't really much for scientists to do about it. The principle of induction has proven to be exceedingly useful for predicting things, and for ...
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What sorts of beliefs can be justified non-scientifically?

Ethical and moral beliefs are justified but they are non scientific. Aesthetic beliefs , metaphysical beliefs , epistemological beliefs , religious beliefs , intuitive beliefs , cultural and social ...
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Are there non-scientific ways to have a justified belief in levitation?

This might be one of the easiest supernatural claims to demonstrate (if it were possible), because pretty much all you need to do is confirm that (1) someone is in the air, (2) they aren't attached to ...
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Are there non-scientific ways to have a justified belief in levitation?

As with all forms of theory choice, one can simply compare theories and their virtues with respect to levitation and make a decision. If levitation is real, you would surely expect reports of ...
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What's the difference between objectivity and intersubjective agreement?

The dispute about realism travels through a spectrum of views. Most people, before engagement with philosophy of science, hold by direct realism (DR) -- that we can and do discern the reality of our ...
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How do you respond to this common critique of American Pragmatism?

There are two main replies I think are important to point out: In pragmatism, a truth is an assumption that has predictive value when acting upon it. We know from experience that acting upon that ...
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What sorts of beliefs can be justified non-scientifically?

There are no universally acceptable criteria for justifying our beliefs. If there had been, we would all agree on which beliefs are justified. In principle, though, everybody would probably agree that ...
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Are there non-scientific ways to have a justified belief in levitation?

Yes, there are many ways to justify a belief. Wikipedia helpfully lists 12 of them under the title of "Theories of justification". To let me pick a few... Reliabilism – A belief is ...
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What sorts of beliefs can be justified non-scientifically?

There is no easy or simple answer to that question, possibly the question needs more focus to be answerable. The area of philosophy dealing with this is called Epistemology. It provides significant ...
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Do combinations defy logic?

Two points. First, computers are wholly symbolic and don't have any information about the ontic world. This isn't related to binary logic; analog computers don't know anything either. For example, ...
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Explain the answer from Reddit and give an explanation about Occam's Razor

You might find it helpful to think in terms of probabilities. Suppose you have a theory that makes several independent assumptions. The probability of all your assumptions being correct is then the ...
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Are there any philosophies related to different structures of organization of information?

Organizing knowledge is part of library and information science. It's not atypical for a librarian to do graduate work in the topic, so I presume there's quite a lot of things to know about the ...
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Are there any philosophies related to different structures of organization of information?

There are people who have knowledge of how to structure information. They tend to be people who have experience of managing information in the real world, such as computer programmers. That laws of ...
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What's the difference between objectivity and intersubjective agreement?

I'm going to naively assert that the scientific method assumes a straightforward answer: intersubjective agreement is a useful but imperfect means for finding objective truth. does this collective ...
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What sorts of beliefs can be justified non-scientifically?

Can I be justified in believing in a proposition X through a justification that doesn't meet the standards of the scientific method? This is dependent on your notion of justification, though given a ...
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What sorts of beliefs can be justified non-scientifically?

Justification through science is about reliability. There isn't a categorical difference between science and non-scientific sensory experiences. For the purposes of this question, science can broadly ...
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Are there any philosophies related to different structures of organization of information?

This is an interesting question. Although data storage, indexing and retrieval is a modern phenomenon, probably not covered by classical philosophy, the question of access to the data (information) is ...
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What's the difference between objectivity and intersubjective agreement?

What's the difference between objectivity and intersubjective agreement? When different people arrive at an intersubjective agreement, they say it is objective. The expression "intersubjective ...
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Give advice on justifying belief in the existence of other minds

The number of entities is generally an irrelevance, and you seem to be confusing yourself because you think otherwise. By your logic, a theory that asserts a block of iron, say, is a seamless blob, ...
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What were the reactions to Hume's problem of induction from scientists practicing in the field?

The claim that science was not actually based on induction, but actually on falsifiability, was not first brought up by Karl Popper. It dates back at least to Blaise Pascal: In order to show that a ...
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How do you respond to this common critique of American Pragmatism?

I'm not sure labelling pragmatism as 'anti-epistemological' is the best approach here. Pragmatism is anti-idealist or anti-Platonic; or perhaps better put it's Bayesian, not normative. It certainly ...
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What sorts of beliefs can be justified non-scientifically?

The challenge, "For what?" is often issued on this site to any request for or issuance of a definition, rule, concept, etc. Because, it is the important aspect of those things. One part of ...
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Are there non-scientific ways to have a justified belief in levitation?

Are there non-scientific ways to have a justified belief in levitation? Yes. This way is referred to in general terms as Faith. In particular, see Faith beyond (orthodox) theism : Can there be faith ...
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Are there non-scientific ways to have a justified belief in levitation?

You ask: Is it possible to have a justified belief in levitation without scientific evidence for levitation? Philosophically, yes. This is because what constitutes "justification" is a ...
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Is it possible for an individual to adopt a new better general epistemic system?

Although most people improve their epistemic system in certain domains, like adhering to strict logical rules to derive theorems in mathematics, the general system remains nearly untouched. I think ...
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Do we have evidence that explanations that contain a minimal number of entities are true?

NO to all questions. (ontology is not about simplification, but realization)
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Suppose something we thought was subjective was in fact chaotic (in the mathematical sense). How would we test for that?

One characteristic of chaotic systems is that the exact same system yields wildly differing outputs depending on slight variations in the input. Since people's minds are not at all exactly the same, ...
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Can one know something (a thing) exists without knowing that thing or what it is or any of its properties?

The situation you describe is exactly how it was when physicists began to suspect the existence of the neutrino, which was the means by which the math could be fudged to match the experimental results....
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Explain the answer from Reddit and give an explanation about Occam's Razor

Occam's Razor is subtler than most people realize. A better formulation of it would be: For comparable theories, the theory which explains the most observations with the fewest a priori assertions is ...
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Explain the answer from Reddit and give an explanation about Occam's Razor

Occam's Razor isn't about quantitative parsimony, it's about qualitative parsimony. And solipsism is qualitatively unparsimonious because it requires you to explain why only you have consciousness and ...
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