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What is philosophy of science (and should scientists care)?
A good book may have the power to change the way we see the world, but a great book actually becomes part of our daily consciousness, pervading our thinking to the point that we take it for granted, and we forget how provocative and challenging its ideas once were—and still are. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is that kind of book. When it was first published in 1962, it was a landmark event in the history and philosophy of science. Fifty years later, it still has many lessons to teac… more about book…

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What is philosophy of science (and should scientists care)?(r/philosophy)

Hm. First, I apologize that this comes delayed. Meetings.

Kuhn’s explaination of paradigmatic science is useful (admittedly it’s where I started, and an essay to which I return often). Acknowledging the era during which you were academically trained is important in science. However, as for a personal hobbled-together mantra? My takeaway is this: your data is only as good as the question asked by the experiment (qua “experimental technique”).

I wish I could underline data though because, if science were an economy … data would be the currency. It is the root of it all. Progress‡, hinders not only upon our careful story-telling from the data (conclusions) but also, our careful collection of it (the questions we ask, the experimental parameters we set … essentially experimental technique).

To me, experimental technique is perhaps more important to consider because in doing so, we think of: what inputs are we not considering? Where are our blindspots? Are we using existential import‡‡ upon the data to make conclusions? These questions cause us to scrutinize the technique from which we drew our conclusions (ie. a deliberate use of skepticism‡‡), kind of … did we do a good enough job?

System dynamics is a great (relatively young) field that, I believe, critiques “experimental technique” very well.

‡ Let me know if you’d like me to expand upon what I define as scientific “progress” and how this relates to scientific conclusions

‡ ‡ Can elaborate upon this as well

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Thomas S. Kuhn

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