Re: Hodson (Ex: Angels & Communication)
Sep 16, 1996 08:26 PM
>So, for the benefit of those who may have forgotten, the scientific method
>2. Form an hypothesis based on the observation
>3. TEST THE HYPOTHESIS (how one is to test visions of giant angels is
>4. Formulate a theory based on the results of the test.
Richard Ihle writes>
I like the scientific method, also. However, I am usually careful not to get
carried into the realm of science-worship by it. Indeed, sometimes I find
myself wondering if the entirety of the scientific method is not really based
upon one of the classical "logical fallacies":
1. If A is true, then B is true.
2. B is true.
3. Therefore A is true.
An example of this type of error:
1. If Francis Bacon wrote HAMLET, then HAMLET is likely to be a great play.
2. HAMLET is a great play.
3. Therefore, Francis Bacon wrote HAMLET.
The scientific method:
1. If my hypothesis is true, then a particular experiment will likely
produce certain predicted things.
2. Certain predicted things are produced.
3. Therefore, my hypothesis is true.
Nonetheless, you have written some interesting things lately, Chuck.
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