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Diffraction and the Uncertainty Principle (II)

In my previous post, I derived and explained the general formula for the pattern generated by a light beam going through a slit or a circular aperture: the diffraction pattern. 2,604 more words

Physics

The Methodenstreit and Myth of the Scientific Method

I recently got into a debate with a friend, whose is a physics major, over the definition of science. He claimed that science is what we call the  813 more words

Economics

Beauty: Measuring Device

Autumn is upon us. A time of fruitfulness.Look closer.

What a beautiful one! It’s fair to say that what I, a human, observe as beauty is not necessarily aesthetic, yet is attractive, in the sense that it completes patterns and completes me as an observer. 102 more words

Nature Photography

Groping Elephants and Unifying Theories

The story of the blind men, each coming into contact with separate parts of the elephant, and coming to different conclusions as to what the creature in question is a fable best understood as epistemology. 918 more words

Social Theory

Pre-Print Introduction to SHPSC Special Issue Now Available: Psychical Research in the History and Philosophy of Science

The final pre-print article from the SHPSC special issue on psychical research, which I had the privilege of guest-editing, is now available online. Although it is not strictly meant as a normative contribution to the philosophy of science, I hope it will still be useful for philosophers interested in the demarcation problem. 181 more words

Work In Progress

In Karl Popper’s seminal book, The Logic of Scientific Discovery, the Austrian philosopher of science makes the case for deductive logic in the scientific enterprise. 294 more words

Science Education

Some Results Related to Arrow's Theorem

Arrow’s (Im)possibility Theorem is, and I think this is universally acknowledged, one of the great social science theorems of all time. I particularly love it because of its value when arguing with Popperians and other anti-theory types: the theorem is “untestable” in that it quite literally does not make any predictions, yet surely all would consider it a valuable scientific insight. 1,185 more words

Decision Theory