11 December 2020

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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[link] The Elements of Truth Project
[link] Foreword


A. THE ELEMENTS OF TRUTH

[link] 1. The basic premises of truth.
2. Truth is probabilistic.

[link] I. THE ELEMENTS OF INVESTIGATION

[link] 1. Use doubt wisely.
[link] 2. Pursue the truth, not falsehoods.
[link] 3. If you want to know, you will have to find out.
[link] 4. Know what it is you want to know.
[link] 5. Distinguish between facts, beliefs, preferences, and opinions.
[link] 6. Evaluate the reliability of information.
[link] 7. Aim for the primary source of information.
[link] 8. Adopt the scientific method.

[link] II. THE ELEMENTS OF ARGUMENT

[link] 1. Never argue with lunatics.
[link] 2. Clarify the source of disagreement.
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[link] 6. Use simple language.
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[link] 13. Never argue against preferences.

III. THE ELEMENTS OF DECEPTION



[link] B. THE ELEMENTS OF SCIENCE

I. SCIENCE FACTS

II. THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD

III. THE NATURE OF MEASUREMENT

IV. ON EXPERIMENTS

V. MODELLING THE WORLD AROUND US

VI. ON TRUST

VII. SCIENTIFIC INSTITUTIONS



C. LIMITATIONS OF THE HUMAN MIND

I. EVOLUTIONARY EPISTEMOLOGY

II. BIASES, ERRORS, AND FALLACIES



[link] GLOSSARY

[link] NOTES AND REFERENCES

INDEX

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