Re: virus: The Kingdom...

psypher (
Tue, 18 May 1999 21:41:41 -0400 (EDT)

> I have no idea what your definition of science is, but it ain't > possible to do science with your definition of it. definition of science is the system of investigation of patterns and their relations as expressed in the following definition

Main Entry: natural science
Function: noun
Date: 14th century
: any of the sciences (as physics, chemistry, or biology) that deal with matter, energy, and their interrelations and transformations or with objectively measurable phenomena
- natural scientist noun

for which purpose, all the assumptions below:
[with the exception of #3] can be made with relative safety.

[1] wholes are composed of parts

[2] it is possible to attain an objective perspective wrt an observed

[3] the findings of science will eventually [or can, in principle]
encompass the whole of reality

[4] features of the world which are real [or at least significant]
can be measured and expressed quantitatively.

[5] the scientific endeavour is devoid of bias and assumptions.

...#3 is a conceit which developed from the phenomenal technical developments which arose out of the scientific system.

...I LIKE science. I have profound respect for it. I think it's often misguided and frequently misapplied, but on the whole I'm all for it. I just refuse to elevate it to a religion.

...btw. what's YOUR definition?

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