Bauer on Sense-Data

Dr. Fred Bauer’s lecture on sense-data helps to expose many of the bad habits of thought that result from 1) not completely eschewing naive realism, 2)  unthinkingly accepting the useful fictions found in many scientific models as if they were descriptive of what exists, and 3) compartmentalizing and cataloging our thoughts as if they belong to separate and independent domains of “knowledge”.

Much of his lecture is based upon his book The Wonderful Myth Called Science, which I recommend highly to all of my readers.  This is one piece of the puzzle as to why I think physicalism is ultimately a misguided metaphysical position.  The first step is getting clear on what we sense, then we can work on figuring out what exists. 

Talking with Dr. Bauer is what I’d imagine it would be like to talk with Rene Descartes and Socrates if they were rolled up into one person.

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Posted on September 14, 2011, in Epistemology and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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