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These are drafts, papers and short notes: some technical and some for lay audiences.


Bias: Philosophy and Psychology


The Varieties of Bias

This short, non-technical essay introduces what is meant by biased opinion and what is special about value bias. This will be a chapter introduction of Bias and Belief at some point.


Are People Bayesian? Some Empirical Research

In this extract from Value and Belief, I examine some important psychological research on irrationality and spell out how some apparently irrational, even insane behavior can be understood as rational behaviour directed towards unusual goals. Some philosophical terminology is used.


Logic and Induction


Some Key References on the Cox Proof of Bayesianism

The Cox Proof is a crucial basis of Bayesian inductive logic, yet among some philosophers I've talked to there is the impression that it has somehow been refuted. This short technical note uses some new references to justify taking the Cox Proof seriously.


The Varieties of Inconsistency

Short note for logicians on how inconsistency is understood in the context of the Cox Proof.


Measuring Information: Shannon versus Popper

This is a short note, extracted and adapted from Value and Belief, to persuade philosophers that Shannon's information measure has a desirable property of consistency.


Other Topics


Mutual Misreadings

Some reflections on Asperger's Syndrome and the Extreme Male Brain, not connected to the main themes of this site.


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