Monday, June 23, 2014

Sean Carroll: Physicists Should Stop Saying Silly Things About Philosophy

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I generally agree...though I think the third point includes a fairly unserious and derogatory explanation of the anti-philosophy physicists' position. There's a kind of a positivism/verificationism at work in much science. You can question it, but it's not a crazy view. That's more plausible than the proposed explanation, that their position is "the unfortunate consequence of a lifetime spent in an academic/educational system that is focused on taking ambitious dreams and crushing them into easily-quantified units of productive work"...

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