Should we believe what scientists say? (Page 55)

AchillesSinatra
AchillesSinatra: Yes, Beaver, but Laudan is by no means anti-science. Quite the opposite.

He's actually one of the most outspoken critics of the Edinburgh "strong programme" of the sociology of science -- that scientific knowledge is a "social construct" and all that.

His position is one of pragmatism, roughly speaking, science DOES progress, but not towards truth. It progresses in its "problem-solving ability".

A very sensible position, I'd say.

Anything Laudan writes is worth reading. The man is brilliant.

Try "Science at the Bar: Causes for Concern" next (hope I got the title right)
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AchillesSinatra
AchillesSinatra: Laudan -- like myself -- denies the existence of "The Scientific Method".

But you'd be hard pressed to find a stauncher defender of science than he.
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Angry Beaver
Angry Beaver: Reading through it, he makes some very good points as to how the thinking is all wrong
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AchillesSinatra
AchillesSinatra: I think so, too, pal.

Laudan is a wonderful corrective to the exaggerated claims of both sides: the science fanatics and the religious wackos.

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Angry Beaver
Angry Beaver: Got ME thinking anyhow
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Enkidu2017
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AchillesSinatra
AchillesSinatra: Not to mention the seal pup clubbers
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Enkidu2017
Enkidu2017: what beings a girl like you to a place like this :
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AchillesSinatra
AchillesSinatra: Go club a grizzly bear
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Enkidu2017
Enkidu2017: #kodiakporn
you need to see a rea, life kodiak to appreciate the base nat ure of nature '_)
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AchillesSinatra
AchillesSinatra:

Never liked Leonardo much anyway.

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Angry Beaver
Angry Beaver: Mmmm leo burger!
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AchillesSinatra
AchillesSinatra: Who are you calling a sheila, Enkidu?
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