Archive for the ‘Epistemology’ Category

The fashion for fact checking

The fashion for fact checking

The fashion for fact checking I’m preachin’ dis sermon to show It ain’t nessa, ain’t nessa ain’t nessa, ain’t nessa Ain’t necessarily so!    (Ira Gershwin, 1935) “Fact” and “Truth” are abstract ideals that you can seek, but never be certain to have achieved. To claim a  piece […]

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The Unravelling of Science

The Unravelling of Science

THE  UNRAVELLING OF SCIENCE The development of the Scientific Method was one of the great achievements of the Enlightenment of the 17th and 18th Centuries. The method is based on three pillars: reproducible evidence, deductive reasoning, and hypotheses that can be tested by experiment. It freed scientists from the […]

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The purpose of science is to seek truth, not proclaim it

The purpose of science is to seek truth, not proclaim it

The purpose of Science is to seek truth, not proclaim it. “Science is an ongoing race between our inventing ways to fool ourselves and our inventing ways to avoid being fooled.”- Saul Perlmutter, Astrophysicist and Nobel Laureate. Is there such a thing as a geological fact map? […]

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Fear Of Fat

Fear Of Fat

FEAR OF FAT In 1841, Scottish journalist Charles Mackay wrote a book called Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. The title is self-explanatory, the book became a classic, still in print today. Mackay’s examples are drawn from the corruption of religion and capitalism, but today’s […]

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