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Message 24 of 82 (698568)
05-08-2013 8:26 AM
Reply to: Message 22 by Spiritual Anarchist
05-07-2013 4:46 PM

Confidence in Science
Spiritual Anarchist writes:
2. that science as it is all we have to work with.
Science is all we have to work with when trying to find out facts about reality that we can be confident in, yes.
There are plenty of other methods that "we can work with," though... they just don't produce results that we can be confident in. There's just too high a chance that they're going to be wrong or useless.
Let's say I want to go North.
I could use a compass.
That's a method I can work with, and it produces results I can be confident with.
I could also hold a bat upright, bend over to put my forehead on it and spin around until I fall over.
That's a method I can work with too... it just doesn't produce any results I can be confident with.
Using the compass is using Science.
Spinning around on a bat is like every other method other than Science.
If you can think of another method that can produce results we can be confident with, there are many people who would like to hear about it.
Science isn't perfect, it's still wrong a bunch of times.
It's just so much better than spinning around on a bat, that's all.

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