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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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Allow me to work from analogy... The United States has 350+ million citizens. If you were to were ask them individually what the USA is, or how the USA works, or what it means to be a US citizen, you would get a good half-million different answers, which you could probably organize into a few hundred different 'camps', of which maybe two or three dozen ...


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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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Are there examples of this kind of fieldwork where the scientists are actually approached and interviewed about their belives and practices (like is done in examining so-called primitive tribes)? And doing so refute the theories put forth by the philosophers of science? Certainly, there are sociologies of scientific knowledge (SSK) programs, such as David ...


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I can see how the saying, "correlation is not causation," might make you think that causation is not mathematical. Nothing could be further from the truth. Correlation is not causation, but statistics encompasses more than mere correlation. Judea Pearl's approach to causation is a successful one, and I'd recommend checking out his book. In ...


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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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The Kuhn Debt of Computer Science The Turing Award is considered like a Nobel prize in Computer science. The 1979 Turing Award went to Robert Floyd. The title of his lecture was Paradigms of Programming. In case the Kuhn debt is in any doubt, Kuhn's Structure of Scientific revolutions is in Floyd's bibliography. Paradigms in CS today Admittedly, the word ...


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