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In what way can philosophy, or philosophical thinking contribute to the physical sciences?

Physicist hero and Nobel laureate, Richard Feynman, was known for not being fond of philosophy. In his Auckland lecture on Quantum Mechanics, he addresses philosophy which the polemic challenge that “if you don’t like the universe as it is, go somewhere else, to another universe where the rules are simpler” [1]. 977 more words

Philosophy Of Science

The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould

I’ve read the dry and comprehensive, but interesting and important The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould. The Mismeasure of Man discusses problems with mental tests and their interpretation as measures of something innate. 1,726 more words


Why Does Some Science Work So Good? Part 1: According to Hermann Weyl

Most people do not appreciate that some forms of science are better—much, much better—than others. What makes for good science? We consider some quotes from the famous mathematician and physicists Hermann Weyl that shed light on this issue. 3,243 more words


You Don't Know Jack

Science tells us the capital”T” Truth. We don’t think it, we don’t believe it, we don’t suspect it. We know it because science is repeatable, it’s systematic and we can verify everything science says through empirical methods. 1,421 more words


Legal confidence men

Jane Hu explains in this excellent essay why so-called “scientific jury selection” is not really scientific. But her essay misses the most compelling reason why trial consultants are basically high-priced charlatans: 16 more words


On the epistemology of sound change, part 1

Continuing from the last post, and toning the meta-ness of the discussion down just a little…
What does it, at the level of everyday research, mean for me to request “ 1,637 more words