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Susan,

I agree that science has recently relied greatly on what you call "the scientific method"--the hypothetical-deductive approach for testing and improving scientific theories. One problem has been that using this approach for testing scientific theories has trapped us into proven anomalies of natural laws that we no longer understand. We've separated ourselves into theoretical and empirical scientists--and only the empirical scientists practice this hypothetical-deductive testing approach on a regular basis.

Theoretical physicists use alternative approaches to develop scientific theories for others to test. A good example was Dr. Richard Feynman, who spent much of his life trying to apply insights he found in art to new theories of science. He sat on the floor of his apartment, imagining ants navigating through his thick carpet, and tried to apply that type of thinking to quanta of information traveling though a wire. It's often referred to as "blue sky thinking."

For some time now, our blue sky thinking has not kept up with our ability to detect scientific anomalies we can't explain--like the mysteries of quantum mechanics. We're more and more uncovering empirical facts that don't make much sense. The established theory is clearly wrong--but we don't know how to fix it. A good example in quantum theory is particle/wave dualism.

That's what's been converting many experimental scientists into philosophers.

Ray

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Methods 1595 Susan Doris 16-Dec-18 12:35
Re: Methods 217 Eddie Larry 16-Dec-18 15:34
Re: Methods 199 Susan Doris 16-Dec-18 16:39
Re: Methods 224 Eddie Larry 16-Dec-18 18:15
Re: Methods 194 Itatw70s 16-Dec-18 23:59
Re: Methods 209 Susan Doris 17-Dec-18 06:29
Re: Methods 213 Eddie Larry 17-Dec-18 15:31
Re: Methods 198 drrayeye 17-Dec-18 08:08
Re: Methods 197 Susan Doris 17-Dec-18 08:37
Re: Methods 202 greengirl5 17-Dec-18 09:04
Re: Methods 202 Enigcom 17-Dec-18 12:13
An example 198 drrayeye 17-Dec-18 15:55
Re: An example 202 Susan Doris 17-Dec-18 17:20
Re: An example 193 Itatw70s 17-Dec-18 17:57
Re: An example 194 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 07:59
If we accept academic standards, 200 drrayeye 18-Dec-18 13:28
Re: If we accept academic standards, 203 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 15:19
Re: If we accept academic standards, 188 Eddie Larry 18-Dec-18 16:31
Re: If we accept academic standards, 199 Enigcom 18-Dec-18 17:17
Re: If we accept academic standards, 208 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 18:35
Re: If we accept academic standards, 200 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 18:31
Re: If we accept academic standards, 205 Eddie Larry 18-Dec-18 18:59
Re: If we accept academic standards, 185 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 19:11
Re: If we accept academic standards, 192 Eddie Larry 18-Dec-18 19:56
Re: If we accept academic standards, 195 Itatw70s 18-Dec-18 21:58
Re: If we accept academic standards, 202 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 07:12
Bee in the bonnet 198 greengirl5 19-Dec-18 07:45
Re: Bee in the bonnet 204 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 08:10
Re: If we accept academic standards, 201 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 06:33
Re: If we accept academic standards, 207 Eddie Larry 19-Dec-18 22:04
Re: If we accept academic standards, 195 Susan Doris 22-Dec-18 20:25
Re: If we accept academic standards, 181 Eddie Larry 22-Dec-18 20:42
Real world example of the scientific method 224 drrayeye 18-Dec-18 19:04
Re: Real world example of the scientific method 203 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 19:27
Statements! 193 greengirl5 19-Dec-18 07:55
Re: If we accept academic standards, 188 drrayeye 27-Dec-18 09:42
Re: If we accept academic standards, 238 Susan Doris 27-Dec-18 13:32
Re: An example 206 Itatw70s 18-Dec-18 21:38
Re: An example 188 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 07:16
Re: An example 199 Enigcom 18-Dec-18 17:14
Re: An example 201 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 18:42
Re: An example 198 Itatw70s 18-Dec-18 22:07
Re: An example 214 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 07:20
So, try to prove art 193 greengirl5 19-Dec-18 08:00
Re: So, try to prove art 206 Itatw70s 19-Dec-18 12:52
Re: So, try to prove art 187 Susan Doris 22-Dec-18 20:07
Re: So, try to prove art 178 Itatw70s 23-Dec-18 00:18
Re: So, try to prove art 176 Susan Doris 23-Dec-18 06:55
Re: An example 195 Enigcom 22-Dec-18 13:00
Re: An example 196 Susan Doris 22-Dec-18 20:18
Re: An example 194 greengirl5 22-Dec-18 21:15
Re: An example 194 Itatw70s 23-Dec-18 00:32
Re: An example 190 Susan Doris 23-Dec-18 09:33
Re: An example 197 Susan Doris 23-Dec-18 07:00
Communicate.... 169 Itatw70s 23-Dec-18 21:35
Re: An example 194 Enigcom 23-Dec-18 19:24
Re: An example 184 Susan Doris 24-Dec-18 06:27
Happy Christmas everybody, from Australia. 195 greengirl5 24-Dec-18 11:43
a Method for the Holidays 187 drrayeye 24-Dec-18 19:18
Re: a Method for the Holidays 191 Susan Doris 25-Dec-18 06:38
Re: Methods 99 ian 77 11-Jun-19 20:13
Re: Methods 92 Susan Doris 13-Jun-19 05:12
Re: Methods 177 drew 13-Jun-19 07:49


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