Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Scientia- A Philosophy of Science

Science is a verb. A tour de force at the forefront of discovery and curiosity, a culmination of reason and inquiry bent on the search for truth and a perennial and universal exultation of the evidences and the hypotheses that make it a reality beyond the bounds of a noun. And at the nucleus of its sum and substance is a philosophy bridging the gaps of human understanding. It is the philosophy of science that has redefined the approach to modern thought, posing as a systematic means of deduction. From the very definition of a science and its distinction from pseudoscience to the laws of nature that govern the oscillation of the universe; the philosophy of science goes well beyond a lore of axioms and maxims, it is a tapestry woven with the physical, chemical and biological. When dissecting such a primordial yet newfangled tradition, we ponder the world of the senses in which we perceive; the tradition of empiricism has an applicable scientific relevance, coupled with reductionism; explanations and models that give the impression of a Russian doll regress. Science has a philosophical uniqueness, apart from the world of the senses it fosters a passion to assert the laws of nature, the antithesis being the so called habits of nature, challenging the constance of such fixed laws. Arguably the great philosophical challenge to all of scientific practice and premise seems the induction fallacy, just because an event occurs and occurs often guarantees not its occurrence in the future ergo not only can the senses be fooled but our entire perception of conclusions from experimentation. Further parallels may be drawn along mathematics, the Bayesian theorem and its repercussions for probability presents science and philosophy the array of subjective and objective probabilities in accepting the new evidence for a theoretical idea.

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