I enjoyed this interview. Colin McGinn was a refreshing new take on the importance of skepticism & secularism. I may have to take another look at Shakespear. If not to re-evaluate my personal evolution, then to find timeless universal concepts with which to model my memes.
DJ, thanks for using the word “nincompoopery”. I can’t get enough of that word.
I especially enjoyed Colin’s take on the symbiotic role of pragmatism with skepticism early on in the interview. That people generally don’t stay awake at night wondering if they are in the matrix because it just isn’t practical and that some people can get carried away with skepticism to the point that it is unhealthy. It is import to find that balance between skepticism & practicality.
I wonder if Colin or others have done work on this with regard to religious outlooks. For a majority of people it just isn’t practical to delve into philosophy and the in-depth language of reason to discern truth. I think atheists and agnostics could make a broader appeal against the supernatural if their memes were designed with practical reasoning and not so much logical reasoning.