Science in Context

  1. I've been thinking about the concept of clarity as it applies to science.

    A white object is most clearly seen with a black background or context.

    So how does that principle apply to science? In other words, with what context should we view science so we can see it most clearly?

    Theoretically, going by the white-black principle, science should be seen in the context most opposite from it, so it can be seen the most clearly.

    I'm sure there are many answers to this question.
     
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  3. Pengwuino

    Pengwuino 7,118
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    I think this post needs more context to make any sense :)
     
  4. WannabeNewton

    WannabeNewton 5,862
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    Can you give an example?
     
  5. micromass

    micromass 19,658
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    You're taking the metaphor way too far. But I'm waiting for the reasons why you made this post.

    What do you think science is missing??
     
  6. OmCheeto

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    You are absolutely correct. I once photographed a white bird in the snow, and all you could see was a beady little eye.

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    Contrast!
     
  7. Maybe politics. The global warming debate (banned on here) uses science in a political context. One could contend that politics isn't rational, so it stands in stark contrast to science.
     
  8. micromass

    micromass 19,658
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    But what are you proposing?? Isn't science good how it is now??
     
  9. WannabeNewton

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    That seems pretty limited. What if you are talking about theoretical physics...what would you "contrast it with"...
     
  10. Evo

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    Explain what you mean by this.
     
  11. Think of it in terms of Newton's principle. Equal and opposite. We must theoretically create an "anti-science" that is equal and opposite to the science were are thinking about. Just like you can't see something white if the background is also white.
     
  12. micromass

    micromass 19,658
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    And what must that anti-science consist of?? What do you propose??
     
  13. WannabeNewton

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    So for some physical theory you want a respective theory that makes all the wrong predictions and fails to represent reality?
     
  14. DaveC426913

    DaveC426913 16,439
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    The opposite is religion.

    Science is about knowing based on facts.
    Religion is about knowing in the absence of facts (AKA faith).
     
  15. micromass

    micromass 19,658
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    No, he wants science books consisting of anti-particles.
     
  16. WannabeNewton

    WannabeNewton 5,862
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    Sounds dangerous.
     
  17. Kind of that, that is if it can be isolated and put into model form.
     
  18. micromass

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    Enough.
     
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