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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 1500 Susan Doris 16-Dec-18 12:35
Re: Methods 178 Eddie Larry 16-Dec-18 15:34
Re: Methods 169 Susan Doris 16-Dec-18 16:39
Re: Methods 178 Eddie Larry 16-Dec-18 18:15
Re: Methods 163 Itatw70s 16-Dec-18 23:59
Re: Methods 175 Susan Doris 17-Dec-18 06:29
Re: Methods 179 Eddie Larry 17-Dec-18 15:31
Re: Methods 166 drrayeye 17-Dec-18 08:08
Re: Methods 164 Susan Doris 17-Dec-18 08:37
Re: Methods 170 greengirl5 17-Dec-18 09:04
Re: Methods 162 Enigcom 17-Dec-18 12:13
An example 165 drrayeye 17-Dec-18 15:55
Re: An example 159 Susan Doris 17-Dec-18 17:20
Re: An example 167 Itatw70s 17-Dec-18 17:57
Re: An example 160 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 07:59
If we accept academic standards, 170 drrayeye 18-Dec-18 13:28
Re: If we accept academic standards, 165 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 15:19
Re: If we accept academic standards, 156 Eddie Larry 18-Dec-18 16:31
Re: If we accept academic standards, 164 Enigcom 18-Dec-18 17:17
Re: If we accept academic standards, 156 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 18:35
Re: If we accept academic standards, 167 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 18:31
Re: If we accept academic standards, 161 Eddie Larry 18-Dec-18 18:59
Re: If we accept academic standards, 156 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 19:11
Re: If we accept academic standards, 160 Eddie Larry 18-Dec-18 19:56
Re: If we accept academic standards, 158 Itatw70s 18-Dec-18 21:58
Re: If we accept academic standards, 166 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 07:12
Bee in the bonnet 167 greengirl5 19-Dec-18 07:45
Re: Bee in the bonnet 170 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 08:10
Re: If we accept academic standards, 160 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 06:33
Re: If we accept academic standards, 168 Eddie Larry 19-Dec-18 22:04
Re: If we accept academic standards, 151 Susan Doris 22-Dec-18 20:25
Re: If we accept academic standards, 145 Eddie Larry 22-Dec-18 20:42
Real world example of the scientific method 175 drrayeye 18-Dec-18 19:04
Re: Real world example of the scientific method 166 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 19:27
Statements! 169 greengirl5 19-Dec-18 07:55
Re: If we accept academic standards, 143 drrayeye 27-Dec-18 09:42
Re: If we accept academic standards, 198 Susan Doris 27-Dec-18 13:32
Re: An example 167 Itatw70s 18-Dec-18 21:38
Re: An example 157 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 07:16
Re: An example 161 Enigcom 18-Dec-18 17:14
Re: An example 160 Susan Doris 18-Dec-18 18:42
Re: An example 164 Itatw70s 18-Dec-18 22:07
Re: An example 166 Susan Doris 19-Dec-18 07:20
So, try to prove art 158 greengirl5 19-Dec-18 08:00
Re: So, try to prove art 168 Itatw70s 19-Dec-18 12:52
Re: So, try to prove art 153 Susan Doris 22-Dec-18 20:07
Re: So, try to prove art 152 Itatw70s 23-Dec-18 00:18
Re: So, try to prove art 144 Susan Doris 23-Dec-18 06:55
Re: An example 156 Enigcom 22-Dec-18 13:00
Re: An example 160 Susan Doris 22-Dec-18 20:18
Re: An example 163 greengirl5 22-Dec-18 21:15
Re: An example 158 Itatw70s 23-Dec-18 00:32
Re: An example 160 Susan Doris 23-Dec-18 09:33
Re: An example 159 Susan Doris 23-Dec-18 07:00
Communicate.... 146 Itatw70s 23-Dec-18 21:35
Re: An example 155 Enigcom 23-Dec-18 19:24
Re: An example 148 Susan Doris 24-Dec-18 06:27
Happy Christmas everybody, from Australia. 154 greengirl5 24-Dec-18 11:43
a Method for the Holidays 146 drrayeye 24-Dec-18 19:18
Re: a Method for the Holidays 147 Susan Doris 25-Dec-18 06:38
Re: Methods 69 ian 77 11-Jun-19 20:13
Re: Methods 59 Susan Doris 13-Jun-19 05:12
Re: Methods 115 drew 13-Jun-19 07:49


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