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I was trying to keep my account concise, so I left him out.  

Perhaps that was a mistake:  Once you accept the idea of scientific revolutions and paradigm shifts, you can see that science moves in discrete steps toward greater precision while generating a series of mutually incompatible theories of increasing calculational complexity.  (Sometimes techniques of calculation are borrowed over.)  The theories are referred to as truth, but of course they are not.  Truth is in the Mystic which is approached (numerically), modeled (conceptually), but never achieved.  

And this gets you to scientific mysticism.  

Unfortunately, this very sensible view is not much popular with scientists.  Even Kuhn himself is not very popular with scientists.  

I did not like C. P. Snow.  Still, he is right about one thing:  The literary people and the scientists do not get along easily, and get very territorial with little provocation.  Seeking of common understanding is more rare.  

The Fates are kind.

by Gaianne on Thu Jan 3rd, 2008 at 12:20:48 AM EST
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