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Ernst Mach until his death in 1916 completely denied atoms existed, as indicated by Boltzman's theories & confirmed by Einstein. Because he believed in continuous substances, and waves, as fundamental. We should be as wary of a bias toward thinking everything is made of lumps, as the converse. We don't have to make up our minds except on the basis of ...


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OK SpaceKidd_N7, let me try to explain this for you. Some of the world's most eminent physicists have indeed spent their entire careers figuring out how it is possible for space to bend, when at the same time it demonstrably does not consist of matter. The problem here is not that no one has thought about this, but that you don't know that they have. Your ...


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So I think first of all that you're right to identify Quine as committed to saying something important about how the practice of science relates to our sense of "what there is" in the world. While from his earliest writing Quine was already talking about semantic holism, that our unit of interpretation in empirical hypothesis testing involves the ...


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Well, yes, exactly so, we can believe that our best scientific theories "tell us what exists". And then again, these theories may well turn out to be completely wrong. So this does not mean that "science determines our ontology"? Well, yes, it does if you want to! An ontology is "the set of entities presupposed by a theory", so ...


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