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Re: [ontolog-forum] Maxwell's Equations for Knowledge

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From: John F Sowa <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:20:04 -0400
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Dick,    (01)

Everything important is a judgment call.    (02)

> #2 and #3 are judgment calls, which only you can make for yourself.    (03)

No.  There is a systematic way to test judgment.  It's called science.
I recommend the following article by Richard Feynman:    (04)

    http://calteches.library.caltech.edu/51/2/CargoCult.pdf    (05)

Ayn Rand's writings are examples of what Feynman calls Cargo Cult
Science.  What's missing from them is "scientific integrity":    (06)

> We've learned from experience that the truth will out.  Other
> experimenters will repeat your experiment and find out whether you
> were wrong or right.  Nature's phenomena will agree or they'll
> disagree with your theory.  And, although you may gain some
> temporary fame, you will not gain a good reputation as a scientist
> if you haven't tried to be very careful in this kind of work.  And
> it's this type of integrity, this kind of care not to fool yourself,
> that is missing to a large extent from much of the research in
> Cargo Cult Science.    (07)

John    (08)

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