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Science is schizophrenic

Discussion in 'General Debates' started by LegionOnomaMoi, Sep 26, 2015.

  1. Underhill

    Underhill Well-Known Member

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    That would be a yes...
     
  2. Milton Platt

    Milton Platt Well-Known Member

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    It is short hand instead of bothering to always use the phrase "the scientific method", or some such. Your post is much ado about nothing.
     
  3. LegionOnomaMoi

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    The phrase "the scientific method" is even worse. The AAAS (the largest association of science, at least general science, and perhaps the association most involved with advancing general scientific knowledge) as well as the National Academy of Sciences have been fighting to change science education to rid it of such inaccurate concepts for years.
     
  4. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest I have the kavorka
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    Inaccuracy is inherent in dang near all words.
    Even if meaning were clear & unambiguous at one point in time, it will change.
    The "scientific method" is well enuf defined to be useful.
    Our problem is that many lack even a basic understanding of how it works.
    You face a continual & eternal battle.
     
  5. LegionOnomaMoi

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    Not only that, words are not really the basic units of speech. Constructions are (and these are also contextual). However, despite ubiquitous polysemy and the contextual semantics of speech, we know that usage not only shapes language but cognition and conceptualization (through grammaticalization, chunking, conventionalization, exemplars, etc.). Even so, there would be no problem were science education not so poor.

    It's well-defined, and wrong. Hence the actions and efforts of the most important scientific organizations and societies in the world that have sought and continue to seek to eradicate it from the educational system.

    Battles. This isn't my only gripe I futilely rant about knowing full well there isn't any point to doing so.
     
  6. psychoslice

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    I'm schizophrenic, but I'm not a scientist, or am I ?, ha ha.
     
  7. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest I have the kavorka
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    Whuh?
    Nuh uh!
    Obsessive pedants all!

    Simple common definition....
    Observation, theory formulation, testing (either verify or disprove), modification, & so on

    Have a better alternative?
     
  8. dyanaprajna2011

    dyanaprajna2011 Dharmapala

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    We can go even further, to the limitations of language itself. Language is symbols with meanings, that not everyone can agree upon. Language is an outward expression of subjective thought. I'm not even sure that we can really understand language from one person to the next. Now when you add epistemology to the mix...
     
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