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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 902 Susan Doris 16-Dec-18 12:35
Re: Methods 102 Eddie Larry 16-Dec-18 15:34
Re: Methods 93 Susan Doris 16-Dec-18 16:39
Re: Methods 96 Eddie Larry 16-Dec-18 18:15
Re: Methods 92 Itatw70s 16-Dec-18 23:59
Re: Methods 86 Susan Doris 17-Dec-18 06:29
Re: Methods 91 Eddie Larry 17-Dec-18 15:31
Re: Methods 89 drrayeye 17-Dec-18 08:08
Re: Methods 91 Susan Doris 17-Dec-18 08:37
Re: Methods 96 greengirl5 17-Dec-18 09:04
Re: Methods 90 Enigcom 17-Dec-18 12:13
An example 88 drrayeye 17-Dec-18 15:55
Re: An example 86 Susan Doris 17-Dec-18 17:20
Re: An example 95 Itatw70s 17-Dec-18 17:57
Re: An example 88 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 07:59
If we accept academic standards, 88 drrayeye 18-Dec-18 13:28
Re: If we accept academic standards, 95 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 15:19
Re: If we accept academic standards, 84 Eddie Larry 18-Dec-18 16:31
Re: If we accept academic standards, 85 Enigcom 18-Dec-18 17:17
Re: If we accept academic standards, 81 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 18:35
Re: If we accept academic standards, 84 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 18:31
Re: If we accept academic standards, 85 Eddie Larry 18-Dec-18 18:59
Re: If we accept academic standards, 84 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 19:11
Re: If we accept academic standards, 82 Eddie Larry 18-Dec-18 19:56
Re: If we accept academic standards, 85 Itatw70s 18-Dec-18 21:58
Re: If we accept academic standards, 95 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 07:12
Bee in the bonnet 97 greengirl5 19-Dec-18 07:45
Re: Bee in the bonnet 91 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 08:10
Re: If we accept academic standards, 87 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 06:33
Re: If we accept academic standards, 91 Eddie Larry 19-Dec-18 22:04
Re: If we accept academic standards, 73 Susan Doris 22-Dec-18 20:25
Re: If we accept academic standards, 75 Eddie Larry 22-Dec-18 20:42
Real world example of the scientific method 97 drrayeye 18-Dec-18 19:04
Re: Real world example of the scientific method 95 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 19:27
Statements! 86 greengirl5 19-Dec-18 07:55
Re: If we accept academic standards, 65 drrayeye 27-Dec-18 09:42
Re: If we accept academic standards, 106 Susan Doris 27-Dec-18 13:32
Re: An example 96 Itatw70s 18-Dec-18 21:38
Re: An example 83 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 07:16
Re: An example 85 Enigcom 18-Dec-18 17:14
Re: An example 91 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 18:42
Re: An example 85 Itatw70s 18-Dec-18 22:07
Re: An example 87 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 07:20
So, try to prove art 88 greengirl5 19-Dec-18 08:00
Re: So, try to prove art 92 Itatw70s 19-Dec-18 12:52
Re: So, try to prove art 82 Susan Doris 22-Dec-18 20:07
Re: So, try to prove art 79 Itatw70s 23-Dec-18 00:18
Re: So, try to prove art 70 Susan Doris 23-Dec-18 06:55
Re: An example 75 Enigcom 22-Dec-18 13:00
Re: An example 81 Susan Doris 22-Dec-18 20:18
Re: An example 80 greengirl5 22-Dec-18 21:15
Re: An example 85 Itatw70s 23-Dec-18 00:32
Re: An example 78 Susan Doris 23-Dec-18 09:33
Re: An example 81 Susan Doris 23-Dec-18 07:00
Communicate.... 71 Itatw70s 23-Dec-18 21:35
Re: An example 78 Enigcom 23-Dec-18 19:24
Re: An example 75 Susan Doris 24-Dec-18 06:27
Happy Christmas everybody, from Australia. 80 greengirl5 24-Dec-18 11:43
a Method for the Holidays 77 drrayeye 24-Dec-18 19:18
Re: a Method for the Holidays 75 Susan Doris 25-Dec-18 06:38


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