How History Gets Things Wrong — 3:16

Alex Rosenberg interviewed by Richard Marshall. Again.

(Art: Julio Larrez)

The theory of mind that story-telling relies on for its explanatory power is false. It’s not just that we can’t get into the heads of historical agents to figure out exactly the beliefs and wants that paired up to determine their choices, decisions and actions. My argument is not that narrative history is underdetermined by the evidence.

There are lots of false but useful theories. Ptolemaic astronomy was around for a 1000 years or so



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Walter Veit

Walter Veit


Scientist, philosopher, and writer at the University of Sydney. Homepage: | You can follow me on