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Beyond Your Reckons: from feels to facts

Ben Fields
January 24, 2018

Beyond Your Reckons: from feels to facts

what makes a fact a fact? how can we think about the world around us that is not simply a pile of reckons?

This is a lightning talk I gave at a FutureLearn internal lightning talks session

Ben Fields

January 24, 2018
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  1. Beyond Your Reckons: from feels to facts Ben Fields

  2. What is truth?

  3. What is your truth?

  4. Is it your opinion?

  5. What do you know?

  6. Sidebar: types of knowledge

  7. epistemology

  8. Knowing That vs Knowing How vs Knowing Why

  9. Knowing That

  10. true false concrete abstract data statistics evidence null hypothesis lies

    bullshit facts logical reasoning
  11. facts

  12. stuff you can measure

  13. stuff you can test

  14. Framing ideas as testable hypotheses

  15. I buy too many things at the market when I’m

    hungry? photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tamaiyuya/6187065152/
  16. People tend to spend more money at the supermarket when

    they haven’t eaten in <n> hours? photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tamaiyuya/6187065152/
  17. The time since my last meal has no impact on

    my total spend at the supermarket? photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tamaiyuya/6187065152/
  18. the null hypothesis

  19. Cool, but like this feels like a lot of work

  20. None
  21. look at assertions critically

  22. good: how do you know that?

  23. good: how do you know that? better: how can you

    know that?
  24. Thanks! bother me on twitter: @alsothings