Just in case we haven’t

“Fundamental challenges to disciplines tend to come from outside. It is customary for

students to be introduced to their fields of study gradually, as slowly unfolding

mysteries, so that by the time they can see the subject as a whole they have been so

thoroughly imbued with conventional preconceptions and patterns of thought that they

are extremely unlikely to question its basic premises.”

 

Martin Bernal

Black Athena vol. I

(New Brunswick NJ 1987), p. 3

 

“The scientific spirit requires a man [and woman] to at all times readily dump his

whole cartload of beliefs, the moment experience is against them.”

 

Charles Sanders Peirce

Collected Papers of Charles Sanders Peirce vol. I

Charles Hartsbourne, Paul Weiss, eds.

(Cambridge MA 1960), p. 24

 

(H/T Charles Ginenthal, Pillars Of The Past, Vol 3, p.567)

About Louis Hissink

Retired diamond exploration geologist. I spent my professional life looking for mineral deposits, found some, and also located a number of kimberlites in NSW and Western Australia. Exploration geology is the closest one can get to practicing the scientific method, mineral exploration always being concerned with finding anomalous geophysical or geochemical data, framing a model and explanation for the anomaly and then testing it with drilling or excavation. All scientific theories are ultimately false since they invariably involved explaining something with incomplete extant knowledge. Since no one is omniscient or knows everything, so too scientific theories which are solely limited to existing knowledge. Because the future always yields new data, scientific theories must change to be compatible with the new data. Thus a true scientist is never in love with any particular theory, always knowing that when the facts change, so too must he/she change their minds.
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