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Posted by Benjamin Nelson on February 1, 2001 22:51:33 UTC


Rather than stopping discussion, I argue that we should look at scientific axioms the way a prospector looks at shiny rocks -- with great respect and great suspicion, a healthy ambivalence pending further, and urgent, inspection. For, as the philosophers of science warn us, the empirical method is not always as straightforward as it seems; hence, in some sciences, testing theories is so straightforward that it is only a slight exaggeration to talk of theories being "proved." In others, corroboration is roundabout -- an ongoing, gradual process by which confidence approaches the threshold of consensus, or fails to. Either way, one should approach scientific enterprise very carefully indeed.

B. L. Nelson

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