Poker is the most challenging game I’ve ever played. Not because of the strategy, but because of the philosophy behind it. Poker has an infuriating relationship between theory and data — between knowledge and execution; between understanding and demonstration.

Here’s what I mean: you can play perfect poker and lose…

We’re in the middle of a culture war, and it’s getting pretty ugly. One frequent battle revolves around “sex” and “gender”. For example: is Caitlyn Jenner a man or a woman? One side of the battle shouts, “Of course he’s a man! He’s just denying reality!” Another side shouts, “Of…

More often than not, language is the problem.

An enormous amount of confusion comes from misunderstanding the nature of language — the relationship between language and objective reality. Linguistic errors plague every area of thought, and they affect everybody from the layman to the intellectual. …

In polite company, I can’t think of a greater heresy than to criticize democracy. It’s beyond taboo. Saying something like “Democracy isn’t a good form of government”, is universally interpreted as, “I am an uncivilized barbarian that wants to enslave humanity.”

But earlier this week, democracy-skeptics got some ammunition: the…

Steve Patterson

Philosopher, Author, and Host of Patterson in Pursuit

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