Stats for August

Time to report on stats for the month of August. Total hits for the month are: 17,989! This growth rate is phenomenal, from around 5,000 in June to 9,000 in July, and nearly doubling from that in August. Visitors include people from 35 countries outside the U.S., and since we started, more than 3000 different individuals have visited the site.

Here’s an interesting table about the most read posts so far, for posts read over 100 times (since I started tracking this info in the middle of July):
2277 Three most important developments in epistemology over the last quarter century
771 Evidence and propositions you’ve never considered
509 Ethical Internalism in Epistemology
392 Epistemic Noncogitivism and Minimalist Truth
324 Two kinds of pragmatic enroachment
323 Epistemic Modals, Relative Truth, and Contextualism
307 Testimonial knowledge
301 Paradox vs. Surprise
261 Testimony and Defeat
252 What the Contextualist REALLY Says about Disputes
234 Polls Show that the Skeptic Is Right
189 What should a contrastivist say here?
185 contrastivism, understanding, and value-driven epistemology
179 contrastivism and Hawthorne’s principle of practical reasoning
177 Knowledge as an indefeasible norm of assertion?
172 draft of paper on epistemic defeat
164 A Little Meta-Theory on Sellars’ Problem
162 Belief and Agreement
157 Contextualism and Moral Beliefs
151 Is Knowledge the Norm of Belief?
151 esoteric topics for courses in epistemology
146 Alston, Sellars, and Perception
145 Is Perception Cognitive?
142 The Truth Connection
128 Can Justification Just Fall Short of Knowledge?
120 Littlejohn on Justification
113 Relevant Alternatives/Contextualism/Contrastivism and Religious Knowledge
113 Jason Stanley’s influence in entomology
111 Internalist justification and Frankfurt examples
105 Blog stats for July
101 Disagreement, Rationality, Epistemic Dilemmas, and Buridan’s Ass

If you want a depressing comparison stat, the average published paper in the humanities gets read less than 2 times…so I’m told anyway…


Stats for August — 1 Comment

  1. Amazing stats indeed ! Lots of people out there worrying about whether they know what they think they know.

    What about this one : Do you know whether your money is safe in the bank ?

    In the 17th century, the Bank of England and the Bank of Amsterdam started to use fractionary deposit coverage as a matter of routine. This piece of banking jargon meant that they always had less gold in their coffers (a fraction, say 10%) than the total facial value of their banknotes in circulation. But they said that their notes were convertible, i.e. that the gold equivalent of any note could be withdrawn immediately at any time. And people believed them since the system worked.

    So, in that case (let us call it case 1), people thought they knew that their money was in the bank since they could withdraw it at any time. But actually it wasn’t since the bank had 10 times less gold than necessary to repay all notes. However, statistically, it worked, in the absence of a run, at least.

    Then, in the XIXth century, precisely because runs (all depositors withdrawing simultaneously) did happen from time to time, states started to garantee depositors : they promised they would step-in to repay depositors if the bank failed. The result : runs ceased, and the state guarantee was, in fact, almost never used. Let us call it case 2.

    Then, in the middle of the XXth century, the link between gold and money was severed. Depositing money just mean making an accounting operation on the bank’s books, nowadays. But state guarantee still remains in place, plus regulations that forbid banks to create money indefinitely. This is case 3.

    So, to sumarize :

    Case 1 : You put your gold in the bank and can withdraw it, but the bank has not enough of it for everyone.
    Case 2 : Same as 1 + state guarantee.
    Case 3 : No gold anymore, just paper money.

    In each of these cases, can you be said to justifiably know that your money is safe in the bank ?

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