Lebron James Kia Commercial

So I was watching the 2016 NBA finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers and I saw this commercial,

Now first I want to state that I don’t hate Lebron James and this post isn’t about bashing him. I’m sure he was not involved in the mathematics of the Kia commercial.

However, this commercial just doesn’t make sense. If event A never occurs then we can conclude that it’s the empty set and so it’s meaningless to talk about the probability of B given A.

Plus I wonder why it seems commercials or movies always have to have a blackboard jam packed with, more often than not, random math formulas or just …

Philosophical Devices by David Papineau

I was recently able to get my hands on Philosophical Devices: Proofs, Probabilities, Possibilities, and Sets.

Philosophical Devices

The purpose of this book is that it intends to be an introduction to technical ideas that are used in contemporary philosophical discussions. So if you look at the basic outline of the chapters, which have subsections in the book, you’ll figure there is going to be a discussion involving naive set theory, infinite sets, probability, modality, epistemology, logic, etc.

When I bought this book I actually thought it was going to be more technical than what it was, but I think for the intended audience it’s at about the right level. If I remember right, all but …