In Simon Baron Cohen's terminology, I am a systemizer. I am thoroughly uncomfortable with disconnected facts. Rather, I look at all of knowledge as being related, connected, and fundamentally unitary. It's a mental discomfort when ANY datum in my awareness doesn't comport with everything else I know.
So...my core task is to take in ALL the information I can find, and build a single mental model/map that explains the whole thing...
I think I have a tolerably coherent position, and that it's rather explanatory...and furthermore, I think that substantial deviations from my basic coherent position lead to problems elsewhere.
My mental model/map is defined fairly completely by a small set of conclusions:
- Error. Coping with error, uncertainty, and variation is THE epistemological problem.
- Feedback. Feedback LOOPS are THE epistemological solution. Induction, Evolution, Lean, Science.
- The Good. Prior to truth. Also, backwards meta-ethics, and anthropology a la Haidt.
- Human minds are MonkeyBrains™ with a tiny add (consciousness), and huge amount of self-delusion.
- Innovation. Innovation ~= Economic Growth, which is the solution to all (not some) social issues.
As Yudkowsky has occasionally pointed out...Attempting to attack evolution is equivalent to saying that modern medicine doesn't work...but modern medicine does work...so your attack on evolution sucks. All of belief is a single interconnected web. Pulling on ANY strand messes with the whole structure. It just isn't possible to add a disconnected component...or remove a component without massive cascades.
Hence...my interest in foundational epistemology. Start from nothing...what do you conclude.