Yes, they were basically right…

Adam Kotsko here…on science envy…



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2 Responses to Yes, they were basically right…

  1. Burk Braun says:

    I am afraid Mr. Kotsko has screwed the pooch through his amateur experience. Empiricism is not about passive encounters. If one can gleen science from passive encounters, then one is often a genius and hats off (Darwin comes to mind). But typically, in a complex world, the encounter with the real, in the service, as he says, of validating or discrediting a concept, requires clarity in demonstration, which benefits from controls and controlled conditions. isolating variables, etc. It may also benefit from extraordinary instruments and methods that reveal aspects of reality that we are led to conceptually by prior work (like the CERN apparatus).

    So… concepts are indeed the currency of the realm. We don't really have anyting else in our heads, do we? But whether those concepts correspond to reality.. ah, that is the question, and totalitarian or not, that question is (for aspects of reality that are psychologically outside us, individually and collectively) only properly asked and answered scientifically.

    How else would he or you propose to make our concepts of outer reality more accurate? through Eric magical intuition function? Through reading the tales of religious mystics of millennia ago? It is laughable.

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  2. Darrell says:

    Burk,

    Wonderful to see you are still infatuated with an epistemological theory (correspondence) favored by people like JP Moreland at BIOLA, an evangelical Bible school. That tells me all I need to know.

    But beyond that, you completely agree with Kotsko on the conceptual nature of science (which means the empiricism comes last not first)…

    Ok, thanks for that…whatever…

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