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Question posted on September 30, 2014; 1 response
It is commonly believed that what falls under the domain of science is what is "objective". I put "objective" in quotation marks for the following reasons: everything we perceive is not immune to our circumstances, for example, the school we...
Science Show

Question posted on September 4, 2014; 1 response
Does the acceptance of scientific naturalism commit one to the view that the universe is devoid of all meaning?...
Science, Value Show

Question posted on July 31, 2014; 1 response
Woods cut from trees have certain physical properties that a reductionist might claim are expressions of atomic or sub-atomic phenomena (mostly empty space, though we experience wood as hard). Since the tree is alive can reductionism account for the role...
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Question posted on June 19, 2014; 2 responses
In regards to deductivism and the work of Karl Popper, it's possible to deduce statements which are consistent with science's current understanding of something. These statements are hypotheses and some are testable, and hence scientific, and others are not testable,...
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Question posted on April 17, 2014; 1 response
I am relatively new to philosophy, as I am in an introductory philosophy class. My question is what made Francis Bacon's scientific method scientific since he was a lawyer or more into politics being he was more a political person...
Philosophers, Science Show

Question posted on September 25, 2013; 1 response
Do philosophers consider psychology to be a science? If not, do they think philosophy should inform personal life values or psychiatric treatment?...
Mind, Science Show

Question posted on August 22, 2013; 1 response
It seems to me that today's rationality is completely irrational in a sense that it attacks everything that is not rational. But who define what is rational? For example, many people like to back up their beliefs by scientific arguments...
Rationality, Science Show

Question posted on August 15, 2013; 2 responses
Does the principle of increased entropy support or challenge the Cosmological argument? I am getting mixed messages and am unsure which if any are valid....
Religion, Science Show

Question posted on August 15, 2013; 1 response
Are empirical questions inherently non-philosophical? If answers to those questions can be determined by polling or science, should philosophers never address them?...
Philosophy, Science Show

Question posted on July 3, 2013; 1 response
Is it possible to make scientific observations through armchair philosophy while bypassing the scientific method? For example, a caveman with a powerful brain might have been able to hypothesize and describe in detail what radio is despite not a single...
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Question posted on July 3, 2013; 1 response
What do people mean when they say (as when cautioning against the validity of a scientific study, for example) that "correlation does not imply causation"? Isn't causation just perfect correlation? And if so, doesn't that mean that the caveat in...
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Question posted on May 2, 2013; 1 response
What does allow scientist to make moral and ethical judgements? I always thought that science is purely neutral and objective(yes I know this is an illusion, even if we destroy all bias and all string pullers(government, private/commercial sector) still even...
Ethics, Science Show

Question posted on April 18, 2013; 1 response
Is the claim that all scientists believe in man made global warming and thus so should you an illegitimate appeal to authority?...
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Question posted on April 4, 2013; 1 response
Is it a contradiction to believe in God and also in science? I believe in evolution and look at the Big Bang theory skeptically, but I also believe in God as the creator of everything. Many have often told me...
Religion, Science Show

Question posted on March 29, 2013; 1 response
Am I guilty of some kind of inconsistency if I reject scientific consensus about evolution, global warming, the big bang, etc., but still make regular use of modern technology?...
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Question posted on November 8, 2012; 2 responses
I have a question about what one might call "scientific astrology." "Astrology" as a predictive indicator, let's assume for discussion, has been discredited. "Astrology" as a coincident indicator, perhaps, let's not be too hasty. Imagine first an agrarian society barely above subsistence level....
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Question posted on September 26, 2012; 1 response
Is computer science a "science" in the same way as the natural sciences? Sometimes I think it more closely resembles math, in that the kind of reasoning it is engaged in is in some sense a priori....
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Question posted on September 22, 2012; 1 response
Would it be fair to say that philosophy is a manipulation of words, and that scientists deal with the relationship between language and extra-language observations? Thus "truth" would primarily be a language concept according to which consistency between words would...
Philosophy, Science Show

Question posted on June 7, 2012; 1 response
I have a question about the entities in scientific theories and models. The status of some of these objects seems intuitive. Frictionless planes, for example, though they don't exist, seem helpful enough as an abstraction for understanding how actual...
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Question posted on April 26, 2012; 2 responses
I'm attending a lecture on the philosophy of science, and our professor told us yesterday that "we constantly rely on inductive reasoning all the time in our lives, such as when we assume that the floor won't suddenly collapse beneath...
Knowledge, Science Show




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