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Tag Archives: philosophy of science
❝ Far too many of us have been taught in school that a scientist, in the course of trying to figure something out, will first come up with a “hypothesis” (a guess or surmise—not necessarily even an “educated” guess). … … Continue reading
❝ Amid the vastness of the things among which we live, the existence of nothingness holds the first place.❞ Leonardo da Vinci
❝ Success depends on adequate knowledge: that is, it depends on sufficient knowledge of the special subject, and a variety of extraneous knowledge to produce new and original combinations of ideas.❞ Rosamund E. M. Harding, 1942
❝ It seems to me what is called for is an exquisite balance between two conflicting needs: the most skeptical scrutiny of all hypotheses that are served up to us and at the same time a great openness to new … Continue reading
If you seek only easy problems to solve, then ultimately, there’ll be nothing about you to distinguish yourself from others.
As an addendum to my previous post on prospective life on Titan, I should point out a couple of things from those papers I cited… Citing Tobie et al (2006), Mitri et al (2007) state that; “Since Cassini-Huygens indicates that … Continue reading
❝ Today the function of the artist is to bring imagination to science and science to imagination, where they meet, in the myth. ❞ – Cyril Connolly While I like this quote, and I love the imagery it conjures, I … Continue reading
It’s always interested me that inspite of what you might expect, PhD training doesn’t tend to come with any formal lessons on how-to-be-a-scientist. There’s a distinct lack of any proper training in philosophy of science, even though it’s something we’re … Continue reading
As children, everyone always tries to teach us that science and art are incompatible. They dissuade us from pursuing both as interests, while repeating mantras about left-brain and right-brain. Science is supposed to be rigid and rigourous, without room for … Continue reading