[Humanist] 28.348 the literariness of experiment

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Tue Sep 23 07:03:37 CEST 2014


                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 348.
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        Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:29:40 +0100
        From: David Zeitlyn <david.zeitlyn at anthro.ox.ac.uk>
        Subject: 28.344 the literariness of experiment?
        In-Reply-To: <9f612c59-dbed-404b-b9f5-4709803ba1c8 at HUB05.ad.oak.ox.ac.uk>

One strand of connection goes back to Oliver Cromwell:
"I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, to think it possible you
may be mistaken' (There are several variant phrasings in circulation)

This was much later formalised into philosophy of science by Karl 
Popper. Leaving that aside if you start considering the possibility that 
you are wrong to may then try and work out how you can tell. This was a 
motivation for Descartes (an internal examination by reflexion to find 
what is indubitable), and in another direction to the development of 
experimentation...

best wishes

davidz





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