Debates about ScienceIn the fascinating and controversial area of science studies, some hotly debated questions are:
questions, and others, will be examined from a variety of perspectives. We'll
look at science through the eyes of scientists, and from the
viewpoints of philosophers, historians, sociologists, psychologists,
educators, and others who study the process and products of science.
Debates about Science
Eventually, this area will offer you a wealth of interesting ideas to explore. Currently, there is a foundational beginning:
The activities of scientists
build on the logic of scientific
method. The question in many
debates is the influence of cultural-personal
factors (relative to empirical data and logic) on the process and content
One cause for concern is the silliness that occurs when a rational idea is taken to an extreme. For example, the moderate skepticism in Scientific Method by Donald Simanek seems logically justifiable, and most scholars (including myself) agree with most of what he says. But when other people exaggerate these views — and they often do — there is cause for concern:
Wild controversies and hot debates! Are some views of science dangerous for students? Can too much of a good thing be harmful? Which views are accurate, and which are beneficial? Do scientists seek the truth? Do they claim proof? Do they create reality? How can we avoid running off (or being carried away) to silly extremes? Why is it necessary to ask, Should the "methods" used by scientists be EKS-Rated? (by Craig Rusbult, who also has a series of pages about the Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics and Speculations of New Age Religion)
And there are different views
about Methodological Naturalism in
the area for Questions
I.O.U. — There will be more here later, in late 2008.
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