Episode 301: Pragmatism

4 comments on “Episode 301: Pragmatism”

  1. GenXmojo Reply

    A lot of this discussion makes me cringe. Y’all need to read up on some contemporary philosophy of science, like Kuhn’s “Structure of Scientific Revolutions”, and Quine’s “Two Dogmas of Empiricism”.

    Human “science” is *very* young, and is far from answering basic ontological and ethical questions. And Scientific Realism went the way of the dodo bird decades ago. It’s a shame so many “scientists” and amateur philosophers haven’t caught up. Just because science’s tools have extended human observation doesn’t obviate the problem of indirect observation. Noumenon are not directly observable, *theoretical* particles and *mathematical* strings be damned.

  2. Craig Keeling Reply

    Loved this episode and John’s rant about exmos carrying over this obsession with “priestcraft.” Well done!

    About Occam’s razor, though, it should be mentioned that it’s a concept of probability more than a scientific one. In terms of the scientific method, it functions as a guiding mechanism rather than an irrefutable result.

  3. Crystal M Scott Reply

    “It’s soft until touched, or it’s always hard” ~Adam

    I would love to talk science with you two some time.

  4. Crystal M Scott Reply

    I laughed.

    “It’s soft until touched, or it’s always hard” ~Adam

    I would love to talk science with you two some time.

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