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A similar question: How can experts disagree despite having access to the same facts? TLDR: It is easier to agree on phenomena than interpretations, and many of the tools of scientific method are just systematising how to agree about phenomena, from consilience of evidence, to double-blind truals, to tests for statistical significance. 'True' as ...


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My suggestion is to try to read proactively. If you're getting bogged down and taking overly copious notes, that tells me that you're reading passively: taking each passage as it arrives on the page, trying to hold it in mind, and hoping that enough accumulation will make the meaning of the work as a whole clear. That rarely works (I'm tempted to say 'never' ...


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Your local public library will have some philosophy books, and if you want extra you can often request a purchase for specific titles as long as they are relatively new publications. (This is good as it also supports your library and authors which in turn makes access easier). For other books you can request ILLs (Interlibrary Loans) from your local library....


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The concept of knowledge is a central concern of philosophy. Philosophy is the advancement of ordered, structured thought. But not everyone wants to partake, and dissent is articulated in the challenge; 'How do you know?' Philosophy has been on the back foot ever since, in the search for a basis of knowing. The Sceptics challenge is not entirely fair of ...


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Note that we know this well enough that entire industries depend upon it, and they are considered safe. RSA Public Key Cryptography is an international standard that backs SSL and other internet security. We do security audits of institutions dependent upon that technology and find them secure. We may know it better than we know how to build safe bridges. So,...


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