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Is materialism essential to scientific progress?

Religion is not a problem if it does not influence the way how experiments are planned and results are interpreted. Even astronaut, astronomer or biologist can easily take this attitude, assuming that ...
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Is materialism essential to scientific progress?

Is materialism essential to scientific progress? No. Not only is it not necessary, it is actively harmful. But first, we need to contrast materialism (which is a philosophy) with methodological ...
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Is materialism essential to scientific progress?

It's not essential, but it definitely helps. People in ancient civilizations believed many supernatural ideas, but they were still able to develop remarkable technologies. Archimedes was essentially ...
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Is materialism essential to scientific progress?

Yes, though let us call it physicalism (SEP) instead of materialism. Modern science makes presumptions about physical reality, and then does its business. One doesn't have to accept physicalism ...
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Is materialism essential to scientific progress?

Science advances by observing and quantifying phenomena, by developing theories that purport to explain the observations, then testing the theories against more observations and measurements. ...
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Is materialism essential to scientific progress?

Most of the existing answers and many comments speak about how "materialism" is outdated and that "matter" is not underlying reality, since we know about quantum theory and field ...
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Is materialism essential to scientific progress?

I don't know that anyone would say "complete" materialism is "essential" for making scientific progress. However, science relies on methodological materialism (or methodological ...
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Is materialism essential to scientific progress?

Materialism is actually a science hypothesis. If materialism is not testable, and refutable, and therefore rejectable, then it is pseudoscience, per Popper's demarcation criteria. The discovery by ...
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Is materialism essential to scientific progress?

First, materialism is an outdated term. It was used as a political catchword in many ideological discussions. Mostly with a pejorative meaning. Quantum field theory emphasized the concept of fields, ...
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Is materialism essential to scientific progress?

Non-materialistic concepts have played a role in the history of science, particularly in areas like psychology and biology where the mechanisms underlying mental and biological phenomena were not well ...
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