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  •  Very stimulating, this (2+ / 0-)
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    docmidwest, Translator

    Much food for thought.

    I think evolution might be the single most important of all scientific discoveries.  Not only does it tell us so much about ourselves, it is the very process by which scientific conjecture becomes human knowledge.  

    I was very influenced at university by Karl Popper.  As I recall, Popper believed that theories could never be proven per se, only corroborated or falsified.  Falsafiablity does not mean false in and of itself- it is the  quality that distinguished scientific problems, such as gravity,from unfalsifiable problems, such as the existence of God.  (as God's existence cannot be shown to be false through experiment or observation)  

    Problems lead to Conjectures  which are then subject to a natural selection process of error elimination to emerge as more 'fit and stronger' (Popper used the term 'interesting') Problems.  

    Just as a species' current biological fitness does not ensure future survival, the popular theory of phlogistons could be refuted later in time by the more 'robust' undertanding of oxygen.  

    Through evolution, there arose not 'perfect' organisms, but more complex ones.  In the same way, our scientific problems become more interesting.

     

    Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. ~Edward Abbey

    by martinjedlicka on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 08:18:41 PM PDT

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