The key to astronomy has often been serendipity
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Monday, January 04, 2010
Truth in Science by C. John Holcombe at TextEtc.com:
"What is science, and what are its intellectual underpinnings?This is a short article which covers "truth in science" from the standpoint of the works of Thomas Kuhn, Karl Popper, Imre Lakatos, and Paul Feyerabend.
"monitor[s] the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding."
Theories versus facts
"Top-level theories of science are not deduced from observable facts; they are constructed by a creative act, and their usefulness can be demonstrated only afterwards. Einstein wrote: 'Physics is a developing logical system of thinking whose foundations cannot be obtained by extraction from past experience according to some inductive methods, but come only by free fantasy'."
Sunday, January 03, 2010
The Enchanted Glass: Scientific American by Michael Shermer
"Francis Bacon and experimental psychologists show why the facts in science never just speak for themselves."
"Cognitive barriers that color clear judgment presented a major impediment to Bacon's goal. He identified four: idols of the cave (individual peculiarities), idols of the marketplace (limits of language), idols of the theater (preexisting beliefs) and idols of the tribe (inherited foibles of human thought)."
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