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A really good post at Skepchick sums it up without having a wall of text crit you for 25k.
It's here or here (for those with stupid webfilters).



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Jan. 24th, 2009 06:12 am (UTC)
I won't quote Haldane at you, but yes, I am amazed and thrilled at how well the scientific method works, how it can take our biases and quarantine them or excise them from data so that a thing can be better understood.

Nothing is perfect in science or skepticism, and the lack of understanding at what the reasons behind the reasons are is something that may never be solved, but it's the best system we have for approximating reality. If we wait for the perfect system to come along, it should never arrive. The wonderful thing about skepticism is that it allows for a change of mind if the new hypothesis is better at explaining and predicting the data. I'd much rather understand how the world works, down to a certain level, than just guess and have no way of knowing if I was even close to right.

I'm really not sure I understand your objection, however. If there is going to be a way to know why the universe can be explained with math, I can't think that there would be any way of finding out without a scientific approach.
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Jan. 30th, 2009 11:02 am (UTC)
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Jan. 31st, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
That's a lot of ifs. I think you're misunderstanding what a scientific fact is. Science doesn't prove things absolutely true or false, but shows things to be so to such a degree that they are almost indistinguishable. As for your skepticism about skepticism, you say that skepticism is not on firm philosophical foundations, yet even philosophy could be said to stand on such shaky ground. Maybe logic doesn't really exist. It's all about what is probable based on what we know and what we can learn. Now, please, stop shitting this semanticism in my journal.
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Jan. 31st, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
Good, I'm glad to agree with that quote. I'm glad we can see eye to eye on that.
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