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Are all measurements in the real world just approximations of the ideal?

This was more of a mathematical question, but because it’s closed and people say it’s philosophical I post it here: Someone tells you “my pen is 9 cm long”. How can that be? Can you really have a pen ...
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What are the ontological implications of that “the universe is not locally real” in quantum mechanics?

Quantum mechanics is said to indicate that the universe is not “locally real”, because a particle is not in a defined state before measurement. But if a particle is not in a defined state, what is it ...
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Does Bell’s theorem assume realism? If so, what kind of realism, philosophically?

This is a philosophical question. It deals with the physics that raise this question. I cite the very recent article by Philip Goff in Scientific American which explains its relevance. Bell’s theorem ...
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Is there any “stability metric” for scientific fields?

Is there any attempt to gauge how quickly a scientific field overturns its own claims/findings; ie an evaluation of if the fields’ findings have what degree of longevity? It could compare fields as ...
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How does one “measure” the plausibility of theories with no direct evidence?

Let’s take the event of a leaf falling down from a branch. Currently, we have a fully naturalistic explanation for how this happens. Theoretically though, one can come up with an infinite number of ...
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Is thermodynamics science? [closed]

Areas of science are defined by what they study. Electromagnetism studies electric / magnetic forces, astronomy studies stars etc. The thing studied by thermodynamics is entropy. What is interesting ...
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Testing of complex systems

I wasn't sure were to post this question, seems ill fitted for most content I see. In software development there is a procedure for testing software that includes unit testing, integration testing, ...
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Can the simplicity of a hypothesis be objectively measured?

When two or more hypotheses can explain the same evidence, it's commonly affirmed that simpler hypotheses should be preferred over more complex ones. For example, in response to my previous question ...
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Is there "empirical" distance without "mathematical" distance?

Mathematicians since antiquity have been thinking about length and angle, including doing things with straight-edges, rulers, compasses, and protractors. Fast-forward to modern physics, and you'll see ...
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Can an intellect judge itself?

Suppose you want to measure the length of something, e.g. the length of a kitchen table. It's not an easy task, but luckily you have a meter stick on hand! So you take your meter stick and make your ...
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How philosophers reason about closeness of one theory to the other theory (approximation, learnability, discovery of theory)?

Some theory is tuple of set of axioms (including ones that are statements about data), set of inference rules and set of already deduced theorems (statements) in it. Theory can be discovered by human ...
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Why is a measured true value “TRUE”?

So, I am studying counts and errors currently...and, there is a concept of true value (the real value to which every other measured value is compared to). So, I had a question that why is the True ...
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What is the difference between Zeno's "Dichotomy" and Richardson's "Coast of England" paradox?

We assume, though I believe it can be debated, that Zeno's "Dichotomy" paradox is apparently "unreal." We can treat any given distance as the sum of an infinite regress of smaller ...
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References on philosophical aspects of experimental design

I am an engineer working in molecular neuroscience field, hence getting exposure in both solving practical problems (how to image fish brain) and molecular bio questions (do neurons X connect to ...
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