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The path to delusion

In this excellent interview, eminent physicist George F. R. Ellis discusses the ill-advised direction in which some scientists are going:

Horgan: Physicist Sean Carroll has argued that falsifiability is overrated as a criterion for judging whether theories should be taken seriously.

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(E)merging Traffic

      What does it mean to say that some thing, quality, relation, or constellation of combinations of any of the above (as well as whatever I might not have mentioned) is “emergent”? 1,195 more words

Philosophy Of Logic

Laboratory Life, B. Latour & S. Woolgar (1979)

Let’s do one more post on the economics of science; if you haven’t heard of Latour and the book that made him famous, all I can say is that it is 30% completely crazy (the author is a French philosopher, after all!), 70% incredibly insightful, and overall a must read for anyone trying to understand how science proceeds or how scientists are motivated. 694 more words

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Clockwork & Subject

There is a strange feeling watching clockwork move without any apparent agency behind it. True, the clockwork in question was made by human hands – often at length and with great care – but seeing it be animated remains an odd experience. 1,621 more words

Philosophy

Do we experience reality and what the **** is reality anyway? Continued....

Just as there are no convincing arguments for the existence of a thing outside of experience that causes experience there are no convincing arguments for there not being a thing outside of experience causing experience. 383 more words

Philosophy

8. Is there Culture of Science in the Philippines?

In a deeply religious country such as the Philippines, the culture of science is constrained by the practice of religion; rationality in our sense is not patterned to that of the scientific method. 342 more words

Worldviews: Part 1- Fundamental Issues

Chapter 1: Worldviews

DeWitt introduces the concept of a worldview, which is more an interlocking set of beliefs than a list. He also stresses that even though each person has a different worldview, he is using the word more broadly to characterize similar sets of beliefs, like the Aristotelian or Newtonian worldview. 1,734 more words

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