The Story of Science (updated lecture notes)
What is Science?
The Potentials and Limitations of Empirical Inquiry
|Linear science||Seriously loopy science|
Science as rooted and tested by empirical observations rather than authority
Science is about the natural world
Science as body of facts established by specialized fact-generating people and process
Science is about objectivity
Science puts aside values/aesthetics
Science is about Truth, the provable, the universal
Science as successive approximations to Truth
Science is about discovery of what is
Science provides authority, certainty
Science as rooted in and tested by empirical observations rather than authority
Science is about the inanimate, the animate, and the human
Science as ongoing process of getting it less wrong locally, potentially usable by and contributed to by everyone
Science is rooted in subjectivity, aspires to shared subjectivityScience uses values/aesthetics and contributes to them
Science is about doubt, skepticism, the possible, the shared
Science cannot establish Truth or proximity to is, as ongoing making of observations, intepreting/summarizing, making new observations, making new summaries
Science is about creation of what might be
Science denies all authority, including its own, is about the generative capabilities inherent in uncertainty
- Multiple stories for a given set of observations
- 3,5,7, .... ?
- 1+1=2 or 1+1=10?
- Is where culture, individual creativity as well as reflective thought (formalization, deduction, induction, synthesis, abduction) play an important role
- Observations in turn depend on stories so story choice influences future science
- Science is as much about creation as about discovery
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