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Re: [ontolog-forum] {Disarmed} Reality and Truth

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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 07 May 2007 08:53:54 -0400
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Wacek,    (01)

Yes, but science is more than just somebody's best guess.    (02)

 > yes, i agree with all of this.  theories in physics,
 > chemistry, mathematics, and logic follow inductively
 > from observations.  that's all.  anyone has the right
 > to believe that any of those theories correctly describes
 > the true nature of the reality.    (03)

All sciences are fallible, even mathematics, since even
the most rigorous proof can contain an unnoticed error
or an unsupported assumption.    (04)

But anyone's faith in a theory can be measured by the amount
they would be willing to bet on its reliability.  In the case
of established theories of science (including the basic results
of all the branches mentioned above), anyone who drives a car
or flies in an airplane is betting his or her life on the
reliability of those theories.    (05)

That is an extremely high level of faith.  Anyone who drives
or flies who claims the evidence for those theories is not
compelling in a very high degree is either a fool, a liar, or
a philosopher who is "in the grip of" a very stupid theory.    (06)

John    (07)

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