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Dr. Stafford: Are These 12 Clear Or Not? Please...

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Posted by Alan on December 26, 2001 01:16:03 UTC

You seem to treat me like a ghost!
Please respond...

1) You wrote a post: "Harv, How Do You Know Anything?" on Dec 4.

(2) You say that when Alex performs an experiment and collects
results; and says that he just observes facts, he assumes a whole
lot.

(3) You say he assumes his equipment functions as he thinks it
does.

(4) You say many people will at least claim the following is a
fact: "that they "observe" (see) something.

(5) You say this still involves presumed knowledge.

(6) The presumed knowledge is assumptions about what happens when
you "observe", a fact.

(7) You give an example: what if "observe a fact" means that a
single nerve cell in the optic nerve is excited?

(8) You say that such an explanation still involves making
assumptions.

(9) These assumptions include: what "a nerve cell" is; and what
"excitement" of that nerve cell is.

(10) You suggest, rather than debate what nerve cells are, or
what excitement of those cells is; try a simple generalisation.

(11) And that simple view is: "observe" means "being aware of
some undefined event".

(12) Plus, what you observe shall be called "fact" meaning "an
event has occured".

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