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Posted by Aurino Souza on October 31, 2002 15:56:04 UTC

That promotion only encourages fundamentalists and the crazy 'science' that they represent.

Hi Harv,

Funny that you ended your post with that line, as it pretty well sums up the only issue on which we seem to disagree. In my opinion science, crazy or otherwise, is to a great extent a kind of secularist religion, and I say that because of the confusion people make between pragmatic success and metaphysical truth. Bear in mind, even fundamentalists are confused about that (which is kind of ironic); fundamentalists need to prove evolution wrong because they also believe the metaphysical claims associated with biological science are true if the science is true.

A long time ago, when we started fighting, I thought the problem was science itself. Today I happen to think differently, in my opinion the whole problem is that science claims to have divorced philosophy while living under the same roof. What you said the other day about changing science's name back to natural philosophy blew me away - it is, as far as I can see, the best solution to the problems you are discussing here.

Now, just how should we go about it? Start a campaign?



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