Appeals to truth and falsity aren’t enough to resolve disagreements and divergent beliefs – It’s time we recognised our alternative and different ways of holding the world are not decided by truth and falsity, but by the character of the intervention they make possible.

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>  If we purchase a spade, we don’t have a true or false spade, but a more or less effective one for a given purpose.  This kind of says it all. Truthiness and falseness are properties of statements, not modes of being. Of course you cannot have a “true” or “false ” spade, because “spade” is not a meaningful statement. “The spade exists” or “the spade is useful” are, and are thereby falsifiable.


IMO this cut and paste quote does the author a bit of a disservice. The words after the hyphen have important alternative meanings as defined within the article that are not necessarily invoked by a casual reader.


I think this article just changed my life, but maybe not for the main point it was making. We all get so frustrated talking to people who seem to perform hair-pulling acrobatics to avoid the most objectively apparent truths, but we don’t stop to consider that most are simply using words to clumsily communicate feelings and desires they don’t fully understand themselves. In other words, we THINK we are having a debate on evidence or logic, but we are really just engaged in a emotional struggle for dominance or desire, masked in clumsy terms and veiled in loosely connected ideological catch phrases. All this comes together in a person desperate for a feeling of identity and importance, but due to lack of self-awareness just comes out as: “The earth is flat because commercial planes don’t fly over Antarctica”


This outlines my concern about filtering fake news. Firstly, the rules that define truth, fact, and supposition are subject to bias. Secondly, facts aren’t ultimately what resonates, rather, it’s the interpretation of facts that matter. And lastly, the interpretation is really the fundamental message, with the facts being neither here nor there, but a cherry-picked prop to adorn the message. It’s important that we aim to understand the underlying message, which may be attempting to be communicated in a number of bizarre ways, and address those fundamental concerns directly.


This article is “might makes right” with enough words and complexity to make it plausibly deniable. Philosophy is great, but the real world is going to punch you in the face if this is how you present your beliefs. I love words like “postrealism”. How about just “notrealism” or “alternative realism” maybe.