The Last Rationalist

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  1. Necessity and Warrant

    Literary warrant, a concept introduced by Wyndam Hulme in 1911, has the status of a principle. A subprinciple of the principle of representation, it enjoins that the vocabulary of a subject language be empirically derived from the literature it is intended to describe. This means that a literature must be …
  2. On Necessity

    There are two ways to slide easily through life: Namely, to believe everything, or to doubt everything; both ways save us from thinking.

        — Alfred Korzybski, The Manhood of Humanity

    For most of human history, cultures and individuals held to the idea that there was one truth that could be discovered …

  3. "Memento Mori", Said The Confessor

    Ten years ago Eliezer Yudkowsky wrote a post about cryonics where he was baffled by the fact that most young cryonicists heard about the concept and then decided to sign up. There was no extended questioning, no sales pitch, young (future) cryonics patients were simply exposed to the concept of …