Thursday, 6 January 2011

Morning Scepticism: Intention

Giving explanations in terms of intentionality is something humans are really good at. Yet sometimes this goes badly wrong, and elaborate stories are constructed that sound plausible solely on the notion of intentionality. Evil shadow figures in government are a good example, the notion of a puppet government and a new world order is just absurd practically - yet it fits so well with ascribing motive. It's so easy for us to think that way that we must take extra care to see past motive and look at evidence.

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