- Most popular opinion of anyone who responded to the survey.
- Most popular of responding profs at “99 leading departments of philosophy.”
- Most surprisingly popular in #2, which is a Bayesian Truth Serum indicator.
- Most popular among responding profs specializing in the question’s topic area.
There’s lots of detail there I hope someone will analyze. This seems a great chance to exercise majoritarian epistemic principles.
As a first pass, I compared my opinions to indicator #2 and found I can comfortably accept the modal professional opinion on 25 of the 30 topics! For three of them I was moderately temped to disagree, choosing mental content: internalism, knowledge claims: invariantism, and epistemic justification: internalism. But on reflection I think I just tend to use the words “think”, “know” and “justify” differently; I’m not sure I substantively disagree.
On only 2 of 30 topics was I strongly tempted to disagree with professionals. Popular and specialist opinions agree with my choice aesthetic value: subjective, but professionals pick objective, and their opinion is surprisingly popular. So while I might have an excuse to hold my ground, I guess I can live with the idea that there might be substantial elements in common among the concepts of beauty that would evolve among a wide variety of intelligent species and their descendants. Could this be what objective beauty means?
Meta-ethics: moral anti-realism also tempted me strongly. But here all four truth indicators point toward moral realism. So I guess I should seriously consider changing my mind. Is it plausible that there is something substantial in common among the moral intuitions that would evolve in a wide range of intelligent species and their descendants? Am I agreeing if I accept that as moral reality, or does moral realism demand I believe something more?
Yes I’m still a contrarian in many ways, but I really do largely accept professional opinion in fields where I know and largely respect the professionals. These include physics, analytic philosophy, computer science, and micro-economics.
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