Monday, January 04, 2010

The key to astronomy has often been serendipity

The key to astronomy has often been serendipity

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Truth in Science : C. John Holcombe at

Truth in Science by C. John Holcombe at
"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.

Theories of Truth at the

Theories of Truth at the

Theories of Truth

Whoppers of 2009 |

Whoppers of 2009 |
"Whoppers of 2009
We review the choicest falsehoods from a year that kept us busy." Urban Legends Reference Pages

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"a searchable database of urban legends and myths, email hoaxes, computer virus warnings, and folklore."
"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."

Facts and Theories

Facts and Theories

Theories versus facts : V. Turchin : Principia Cybernetica Web

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

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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