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!     (Porgy and Bess, 1935. Lyrics by Ira Gershwin) “Fact” and “Truth” are abstract ideals that you can seek, but never be certain to […]

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The Unravelling of Science

The Unravelling of Science

THE  UNRAVELLING OF SCIENCE “Facts no longer made contact with the theory, which had risen above the facts on clouds of nonsense, rather like in a theological system. The point was not to believe the theory but to repeat it ritualistically and in such a way that […]

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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

he 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 Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds; while they only recover their senses one by one. Charles Mackay, 1841 In 1841, Scottish journalist Charles Mackay wrote a book called Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the […]

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