Ideology and science. Learning objectives. Know the difference between open and closed systems. Understand and be able to evaluate different views of science as a belief system Understand and be able to evaluate different views of the nature of ideology. The impact of science.
The theoretical basis of the natural sciences are that subject matter is made to behave in certain ways by external forces and pressures e.g. matter is subject to the laws of gravity
The methods used to gain knowledge therefore need to provide:
precise measurements of patterns, and controlled experiments to identify the underlying natural laws
Science should therefore be: