"A new scientific truth does not triumph by
convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its
opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with
it." - Max Planck
The goal of Science is to obtain
True Knowledge of
Reality, precisely the same goal as that of the
Philosophy of science
deals with the systemic nature of
scientific inquiry which is equivalent to
To properly understand the
philosophy of science,
which is also to understand the methods of
gnostic inquiry, it is
necessary to understand basic components of science which include
data, theories, and shaping principles.
Collections of information about physical processes are
Collecting data to
support scientific theories is laborious.
Fundamental assumptions are made in data
Details of that process are often excluded when forming
a scientific theory.
Vague or overgeneralized data is easier to fit
into a scientific theory than specific data.
Scientific theories come
in two forms.
Phenomenological theories are empirical generalizations
They merely describe the recurring processes of nature and do
not refer to their causes or mechanisms.
Phenomenological theories are
also called scientific laws,
physical laws, and natural laws.
Explanatory theories attempt to
explain the observations
rather than generalize them.
laws are descriptions of
empirical regularities, explanatory theories are conceptual constructions
to explain why the phenomena exist.
Shaping principles are
non-empirical fundamental assumptions
that form the basis of science and go into selecting every
Originally science, a systematic way of acquiring knowledge,
was seen as absolutely objective, rational, and based on purely empirical
This traditional image of science held that
scientific theories and laws
were to be conclusively confirmed or conclusively falsified based on objective
It was believed that "the scientific method"
excluded cognitive bias,
assumptions and was based entirely
on logic and reason.
definition of what "the
scientific method" is has changed over time.
In the early
seventeenth century Baconian inductivism
was considered to be "the scientific method."
The basic concept:
collect as numerous of observations as humanly
possible, remain unaffected by any prior prejudice, theoretical preconceptions
or cognitive bias while
gathering the data, inductively infer theories from that data (by generalizing
the data into physical laws); then collect more data to modify or reject the
hypothesis if needed.
Unfortunately, when using inductivism to arrive
at natural laws, certain
theoretical preconceptions are absolutely vital.
To generalize the data into
physical laws, the individual must assume that the laws apply for physical
processes not observed.
This results in several assumptions being
held, such as a uniform operation of nature.
Even if we put aside the fact that
inductive logic is invariably based
on such postulations, there is another problem.
Science deals with
explanatory theories that cannot be
directly observed, including atomic theory and the theory of gravity.
Many other theories include unobservable concepts like forces, fields,
and subatomic particles.
There is no known rigorous
inductive logic that can infer
those theories and concepts solely from the data they explain.
developed hypothetico-deductivism in the late 1600s.
one starts with a hypothesis, basically a provisional theory, and then deduces
what we would expect to find in the empirical world as a result of that
"I am very astonished that the scientific
image of the real world around me is deficient." - Erwin
was to quarantine human irrationality or
did not become a valid theory by its origins, but because of the
hypothetico-deductive method of verification.
fails if rigorous proof is necessary for valid science.
We must assume:
sense experience, memory, and testimony
are all generally reliable; we have examined all the data and there is no
possibility future observations will behave
Unfortunately every theory has an infinite
number of expected empirical outcomes, and we are incapable of testing all of
As a result of the underdetermination of
theories and the risk of undiscovered, contradictory empirical evidence, a
scientific theory cannot be conclusively proven merely through the
Karl Popper recognized that one could not record everything
Some sort of selection is needed, and thus
observation is always
Karl Popper felt a hypothesis had to be forged first for
scientific investigation to begin as there is no other way to determine which
data is to be observed.
Karl Popper developed the idea of falsification
which suggests that if a prediction does not come true, then the scientific
theory must be false.
The necessity for a scientific theory to be
conclusively falsifiable is known as the demarcation criterion.
Surprisingly, the problem is that it is impossible to conclusively
falsify theories by empirical data.
Scientific theories, by themselves,
are incapable of making predictions.
Empirical results of an experiment
invariably rest on auxiliary assumptions - assumptions auxiliary to the
original fundamental assumptions.
Assume we have a particle theory
that says if we process a certain particle in a particular way, we will get
specified values on various measurements.
First we must assume that all
foundational theories involved in deriving the prediction are correct; the
models we are using in deriving the prediction are all correct; the predictions
derived from those theories and specific versions of those models are all
logically correct; some other things we'll skip
Predictions of future occurence of events
are dependent on the fundamental assumptions of previous scientific
theories cannot be conclusively proven.
dependence on foundational assumptions
to make predictions is sometimes called the Duhem-Quine
Theories can neither be conclusively proven nor conclusively
falsified by empirical data.
possible to salvage a troubled theory or make arguments against a well-supported theory
simply by altering auxiliary assumptions to produce different predictions
or change the meaning of
It is also possible to modify virtually
any theory so that it's consistent with whatever data that might come
The shaping principles used to build
theories form the foundation of
Examples of shaping
principles include: there exists an
external objective reality; uniformity
of nature - the belief that
natural processes operate in a fairly consistent manner;
our senses are generally
Due to the
underdetermination of theories, there is always an infinite number of competing
theories that can accommodate any given set of empirical data.
Ockham's Razor or the Law of
Parsimony, the fundamental shaping
principles of logic, states that, if all other aspects are equal,
the simplest theory is preferred over
other theories involving additional complexity.
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