Lifeboat – Science is ..

Lifeboat Foundation – Science is …

[ 5/August/21]

I agree with Marco Santini, Science is not about Truth, it is about successive revisions of approximations and models such that we become less wrong over time.

It seems beyond any shadow of reasonable doubt that reality is far more complex than any computational entity can deal with in anything approaching real time, which necessitates that our experience of reality is already that of a simplified model, rather than reality itself, then we go on to make our simplifications of that to allow for the degrees of understanding that we have.

At its best, science is about using evidence to evaluate which (if any) of the available models can explain all of the available data, and if more than one pass that test, then the next test (Ockham’s Razor) is which does so in the most parsimonious way.

That is the process of science, eternally testing and evaluation, always open to the possibility of error.

At its best science, science is eternally questioning and evaluating probabilities.

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