• Chapter 1: THE NATURE OF SCIENCE
  • HUMAN NATURE AND SPIRITUAL PROGRESS / The …
  • between the human mind and the laws of nature

Then they experiment again to see if the right guess was made of what therule is that nature follows under a given situation.

Some technologies are less invasive ofnature than others.

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In the face of the arguments previously made, why does science progress, how does it progress, and what is the nature of its progress?

Philosophical proponents of progress assert that the human ..

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of their predecessors. Because the total sum of scientific knowledge increases relentlessly, scientific progress is something that all scientists take for granted.

 

the so-called scientific view of the nature of things is not a ..

Indeed, thecreativity of the natural universe is probably the best evidence for its divinity.
Of course, there is immortality in the sense that ourmaterial components re-enter natural cycles; indeed, that goes on simultaneously with life itself.

Since this is a science textbook, I will focus on the scientific typeof explanations.
Turgot and Condorcet also hold that short-term decline can be part ofa pattern of long-term improvement. In the intellectual realm, thepath to truth is rocky, and errors are frequently the first result ofreflection (Turgot 1750, 44; Condorcet 1795, 37–38). For instance,the false scientific philosophy of faculties and essences is born ofreflection on phenomena. In the realm of action, devastating eventslike war and conquest can ultimately unite scattered groups of peopleand ameliorate political organization (Turgot 1751, 71–2; Condorcet1795, 51). Moreover, Turgot argues that individuals and groups thatcontribute to progress are often motivated by emotion or personalinterest (1751, 69–70). The second observation is related to thefirst, since Turgot thinks that the agents of creative destruction areusually narrowly self-interested or emotion-driven.


Said human nature lived free and had the natural rights of ..

Steven Weinberg, who made a significant contribution to the standard model with his unification of the electromagnetic and weak forces in the electroweak force, seems to agree with Maxwell. While expressing doubts about the positive influence of philosophy in science, he nonetheless claims that physics is not done without preconceptions, for without them “one could do nothing at all.” Weinberg admits a rough-and-ready realism and a belief in the objective reality of the ingredients of our theories corresponding roughly to Maxwell’s notions of physicalism and comprehensibility presupposed in physical theory. And as he expounds on the developments in twentieth century physics, particularly with regard to unification and simplicity in the quest for beautiful theories, it becomes clear that physics is not done without some basic commitment to ontology—an ontology that is developed by physicists in their experimental research rather than by following the lead of philosophy or thinking in traditional philosophical categories. Principles of symmetry, for example, are instances of simplicity in physical theories or laws of nature found in both the standard model and general relativity. If I have understood Weinberg properly, he is arguing that these principles have a build-in assumption that the universe itself is so ordered or that they correspond to the intrinsic nature of the particles.

and what is the nature of its progress?

Despite their many common convictions, Condorcet and Turgot part wayson the question of religion. Turgot is generally positive aboutChristianity, while a significant part of Condorcet's essayconsists of polemics against religion and especially priests (1795,123–124). Condorcet states that as scientific knowledge spreads, anenlightened population will throw off the shackles of religion and itspriests and demand greater freedom.

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What is less clear is how Maxwell’s proposal for metaphysical foundations is connected to his more general philosophy of wisdom. How is it, in his view, that theories in physics or any other branch of scientific investigation are connected to the goals of serving humanity? Aim-oriented empiricism, he claims, accounts for scientific progress where standard empiricism fails. The great scientists such as Einstein have been practicing aim-oriented empiricism or natural philosophy more generally all along. So progress has been achieved in general relativity or the standard model despite the uncritical espousal of standard empiricism by the rank and file. But aside from the sheer intellectual value of these developments, including the potential goal of complete unification, it remains unclear how Maxwell sees such theoretical success as contributing to the more general goal of solving problems of living or the achievement of global wisdom. Would aim-oriented rationalism put into effect have altered the course of physics in the twentieth century such that our current theories would look entirely different and serve humanity in a way in which they are irrelevant at present?