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Definitions are Dogmas [Jul. 16th, 2002|10:58 pm]
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"Definitions are dogmas; only the conclusions drawn from them can afford us any new insight" - K Menger, Dimensionstheorie, from K. Popper, The Logic of Scientific Discovery

Popper's brilliance in this section of the book is clearly evident to me. He is making the distinction of methodological rules, or conventions, as part and substance to the game of experimental science, and set in opposition to logical rules. "Although logic may perhaps set up criteria for deciding whether a statement is testable, it certainly is not concerned with the question whether anyone exerts himself to test it". Rules are set to play the game of science, and the setting of rules to the game make science different from other pursuits. The rules of science in and of themselves do not create useful constructs. The conclusions drawn from science are only as good as the rules constructed to play the game. But there is the idea of the game of science being endless since proof can never be conclusive- the game is over when the player resigns.

Accomplishments: set up Hebrew keyset on my laptop.

Setbacks: will probably be in Delaware for the weekend assisting the AZ nutjobs through the long dark night.
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[User Picture]From: emeraldgrrl
2002-07-16 11:40 pm (UTC)
Rules are set to play the game of science, and the setting of rules to the game make science different from other pursuits.

But don't you love how the general public, including scientific academia, views these rules as absolute truth? In a twisted sort of way I enjoy reading studies and finding errors in their basic structure and 'facts'.

It is easy to calculate numbers and reshape them into your own conclusion. What is harder still is looking at the basic setup of the research, finding the minute errors and correcting them for a more accurate result.

:: sighs :: I want to work in a lab again.

Accomplishments: set up Hebrew keyset on my laptop.

Was this the same set-up that lapis_lazuli suggested or different one?
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[User Picture]From: hbergeronx
2002-07-17 06:39 pm (UTC)

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I don't think I agree with your statement on absolute truth, nor on reshaping numbers to a conclusion. A number is a number is a number, and has no meaning.
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