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Thought of the Day: Science is the belief, that within a context, the likely accuracy of one belief over another is dependent upon evidence.

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Science is the belief, that within a context, the likely accuracy of one belief over another is dependent upon evidence.

Drawing of a Homunculus kind of guy inside a head, looking at papers. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt.After much thought over the years, I have come to this succinct definition of what I believe the word “science” means, or should mean.  I have been careful with my wording, as the more one dives into scientific thinking the less certain words seem accurate.  For instance, I did not use the word “truth” in this definition, because different mental models of something may each have some truth to them, and we never fully know what is “true”, we only can suggest that things are likely true based upon all the evidence we have.   (Although, this should not be confused with saying there is no such thing as truth, or that one model of the world is as accurate as another)

I also used the word “belief” not “statement”, as I have not found evidence that statements stand on their own without a thinking being to interpret the statement.   And last, I think science must be understood in context.  While astronomy may have the context of the universe, where the earth is only a “pale blue dot” (actually, a lot less than that!)  For social science, we must look at the context of humans, where things such as money exists (at least within our beliefs.)

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January 29th, 2014 at 1:01 pm

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