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Hume famously argued that we cannot have any experience of causation. I outline one interpretation of his argument before turning to consider some aspects of the argument that seem to me to be worthy of further consideration.
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This post is prompted by a viral image containing a quote from Jason Read, a philosophy professor at the University of Southern Maine. In case the link to the photo breaks at some future time I reproduce the quote:

People who dismiss the unemployed and dependent as “parasites” fail to understand economics and parasitism. A successful parasite is one that is not recognized by its host, one that can make its host work for it without appearing as a burden. Such is the ruling class in a capitalist society.

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Will Wilkinson has a post in which he discusses illusions and whether or not it is possible to have the illusion of free will. It is interesting, but, I contend, flawed.

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