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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. 1,407 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


Comments on Deslauriers "Improved learning in a large-enrollment physics class".

The role of traditional teaching is taking a beating from some/many quarters in HE. Often the evidence against traditional teaching is from educational research which by the standards of a typical scientist, is rather questionable. 1,165 more words

Higher Education

Sir Karl Popper Prize for 2014

The decision of the Co-Editors of the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science is that the Sir Karl Popper Prize for 2014 should be awarded to Rachael L. 332 more words

Philosophy Of Science

Popper on direct replication, tacit knowledge, and theory construction

I’ve quoted some of this before, but it was buried in a long post and it’s worth quoting at greater length and on its own. It succinctly lays out his views on several issues relevant to present-day discussions of replication in science. 352 more words