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The nature of science

  1. Jan 23, 2009 #1


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    Abstract: An attempt to redefine science in the 21st century (BK Jennings, On the Nature of Science, Physics in
    Canada, 63(7) 2007) has abandoned traditional notions of natural law and objective reality, blurred the distinctions
    between natural science and natural history, elevated Occam’s razor from an epistemological preference to a scientific
    principle, and elevated peer-review and experimental care as equals with repeatable experiment as arbiters of
    scientific validity. Our comments review the long-established axioms of the scientific method, remind readers of the
    distinctions between science and history, disprove the generality of Occam’s razor by counter example, and highlight
    the risks of accepting additional scientific arbiters as equal to repeatable experiment.
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