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Philosophy of Science

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.