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Philosophy of Science

The Ten Commandments of Science

David J. Eicher | Posted 09.04.2014 | Science
David J. Eicher

Why should science not also have its ten commandments? Here is the current set of commandments through the eyes of science, in the form of objective, natural theories that should be believed.

Is Mathematics Invented or Discovered?

Derek Abbott | Posted 11.10.2013 | Science
Derek Abbott

Remember how irrational numbers petrified the bejesus out of the Pythagoreans? Or the interminable time it took mankind to introduce a zero into arithmetic? Recall the centuries of debate that occurred over whether negative numbers are valid or not?

Science's Sacred Cows (Part 9): Conclusion

Dave Pruett | Posted 06.04.2013 | Science
Dave Pruett

Before Immanuel Kant earned renown as a titan of philosophy, he was an amateur astronomer, and a damn good one.

Science's Sacred Cows (Part 7): Reductionism

Dave Pruett | Posted 05.19.2013 | Science
Dave Pruett

Reductionism has its limitations. Is a human being -- one who bristles at injustice, weeps at Pachelbel's Canon, loves her children, is awestruck by beauty, and craves chocolate -- simply the product of Pavlov's conditioned reflexes to stimuli?

We Must Do More Than Think. We Must Observe

Victor Stenger | Posted 01.09.2013 | Science
Victor Stenger

A logical deduction can tell you nothing that is not already embedded in its premises. All a logical deduction does is enable you to determine whether or not some conclusion is consistent with some set of premises.