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K - Knowledge - Scientific


Scientific knowledge: Beliefs produced by scientific methods, that are not known to be false, that explain some facts for which no better scientific explanations are known, that are supported by evidence, and that are capable of producing technology.

Especially the last feature of scientific knowledge is characteristic for it:

Whatever is a matter of mere faith only works, if at all, for believers in the faith, and is never of a technological kind, i.e. a human artefact that works whatever one's beliefs about how to produce it.

Real science produces real technology that works irrespective of faith; faith produces illusions that only hold for the believers in them.

Note that "scientific methods" covers both the specific methodology of some science or sciences, that may be quite sophisticated, and may involve scientific instruments (microscopes, thermometers a.s.o.), and also covers mathematics, logic, probability theory and statistics, and indeed also knowledge of jargon and of dictionary meanings of terms.


See also: Knowledge


Feynman, Hawkins, Stegmüller, Toraldo

 Original: Aug 18, 2004                                                Last edited: 12 Dec 2011.   Top