Re:virus: Re: Faith and truth in science

joe dees (
Wed, 10 Feb 1999 04:59:58 -0500

At Wed, 10 Feb 1999 01:48:28 -0800, you wrote:
>TheHermit wrote:
>>There is nothing fundamentally wrong from postulating that the universe is
>>strange, unknown and unknowable environment except in our immediate
>>vicinity. We can then analyse the environment in our immediate vicinity and
>>develop a rational system to describe our immediate environment. We can
>>make the inductive step that all of the universe works the same way as our
>>localised model. As and when we discover phenomena which confute our
>>hypothesis, we simply modify our model of the localised universe to bring
>>into alignment with this new information. As anyone with a smattering of
>>exposure to science will recognise, this is the very basis of the
>>method. As anyone with a slight exposure to the philosophy of science will
>>recognise, this is the basis of the philosophy of science. As anyone with
>>common sense will recognise, this does not take "faith".
>What is the difference between an "inductive step" and a "leap of faith"?
>The style of the gait or the length of the stride?
>-Prof. Tim

Leaps of faith lack evidentiary springboards. Joe E. Dees
Poet, Pagan, Philosopher

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