Ladyman Chapter 1-2. UC 2002 Fall. Veni, Vidi, Induxi. Louis, Jessica, Sandra, Floris. Sci101 History & Philosophy of Science. Order of Appearance. Sandra ( Background Information ) Jessica & Louis ( Discussion ) Floris ( Gruesome Theories ) Louis & Jessica ( Discussion ).
UC 2002 Fall
Louis, Jessica, Sandra, Floris
Sci101 History & Philosophy of Science
All M are P
S is M
S is P
M1, M2, M3, Mn are P
All M are P
Jessica & Louis
In each case, the moral is that a priori reasoning and argument gets us nowhere: "it is only experience which teaches us the nature and bounds of cause and effect, and enables us to infer the existence of one object from that of another.”
The role of theories in inductive science.
“I (Ptolemy) designed my theory about the solar system to explain the observed movement of the planets and stars.”
rule cannot be perceived.
Theory (nice story)
‘If all things are equal, the most simple explanation is the right one.’
Louis & Jessica
Definition of religion(the concise Oxford dictionary):
Since scientific theory in itself cannot be observed, therefore it could be just a likely explanation. It takes a leap of faith to believe that the theory is actually true.