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Labyrinths of Reason Paradox, Puzzles, and the Frailty of Knowledge

ISBN-10: 0385242719
ISBN-13: 9780385242714
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Book details

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/1/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

This sharply intelligent, consistently provocative book takes the reader on an astonishing, thought-provoking voyage into the realm of delightful uncertainty--a world of paradox in which logical argument leads to contradiction and common sense is seemingly rendered irrelevant.

William Poundstone has been nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize. Among his seven books are "The Recursive Universe," "Labyrinths of Reason," and "Big Secrets." He has also written extensively for network television and major magazines. He lives in Los Angeles.

Paradox
Brains in Vats
Dreams and Evil Geniuses
Ambiguity
Is Anything Certain?
Deduction and Induction
Confirmation Theory
Paradox
Science as a Map
Paradox and SATISFIABILITY
The Universal Problem
Induction: Hempel's Raven
Confirmation
Matter and Antimatter
Absolute and Incremental Confirmation
Counterexamples
Crank Theories
Contrapositives
Never Say Never
Stream of Consciousness
Infinitesimal Confirmation
The Paradox of the 99-Foot Man
Ravens and Total Evidence
Categories: The Grue-Bleen Paradox
Grue Emeralds
Gerrymander Categories
Counterfactuals
The Rotating Color Wheel
The Inverted Spectrum
Demon Theory No. 16
Anything Confirms Anything
Ockam's Razor
The Day of Judgment
Projectability
Are Quark Colors Grue-ish?
The Unknowable: Nocturnal Doubling
Antirealism
Physics Goes Haywire
Demons and Doubling
Variations
Did Time Begin Five Minutes Ago?
Perils of Antirealism
Black-Hole Probes
Other Minds
Nocturnal Doubling of Pleasure/Pain
Is Reality Unique?
Interlude: The Puzzles of John H. Watson, M.D.
A Test of Ingenuity
Gas, Water, and Electricity
The Company Grapevine
The Graveyard Riddle
A Surveyor's Quandary
Solutions
Deduction: The Paradox of the Heap
Theseus' Ship
Sorites
Complexity
Liars and Truth Tellers
Who Is Lying?
Satisfiability
The Pork-Chop Problem
The Elevator Problem
Science and Puzzles
Belief: The Unexpected Hanging
Pop Quizzes and Hidden Eggs
Hollis's Paradox
A Minimal Paradox
A Time-Travel Paradox
What Is Knowledge?
Science and the Tripartite Account
Buridan Sentences
Gettier Counterexamples
A Fourth Condition
The Prisoner and Gettier
The Impossible: The Expectancy Paradox
Catch-22
Can Such Things Be?
Possible Worlds
How Many Worlds Are Possible?
Paradox and Possible Worlds
The Paradox of the Preface
Must Justified Beliefs Be Compatible?
Pollock's Gas Chamber
Infinity: The Thomson Lamp
The Pi Machine
Zeno's Paradoxes
Building a Thomson Lamp
Geometric Progressions
The Malthusian Catastrophe
Olbers's Paradox
Against Plurality
Olbers's Paradox Resolved
The Paradox of Tristram Shandy
NP-Completeness: The Labyrinth of Ts'ui Pen
NP-Complete
Maze Algorithms
The Right-Hand Rule
The Tremaux Algorithm
An Infinite Labyrinth
The Ore Algorithm
NP-Completeness of the Maze
The Oracle of the Maze
P and NP
The Hardest Problem
A Catalogue of Experience
A Computer as Big as the Universe
Meaning: Twin Earth
Roger Bacon
False Decodings
Sense and Gibberish
The Parable of the Cave
The Electronic Cave
The Binary Cave
Can a Brain in a Vat Know It?
Twin Earth
Twin Earth Chemistry
The Libraries of Atlantis
Poe's iiiii ... Cipher
Brute Force
Justifying a Decipherment
Where Is Meaning?
Mind: Searle's Chinese Room
The Thinking Machine
The Paradox of Functionalism
The Turing Test
The Chinese Room
Brains and Milk
Reactions
Chinese the Hard Way
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Systems Reply
A Page from the Instructions
A Conversation with Einstein's Brain
Omniscience: Newcomb's Paradox
The Paradox of Omniscience
The Prisoner's Dilemma
Newcomb's Paradox
Reactions
Glass Boxes
Nozick's Two Principles of Choice
Must It Be a Hoax?
Two Types of Prediction
Chaos
Free Will vs. Determinism
Prediction and Infinite Regress
Newcomb's Paradox 3000 A.D.
Bibliography
Index

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