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Old 02-05-2011, 11:47 PM
testostyrannical testostyrannical is offline
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Default Re: Science Saturday: Anthropological Perspective

I agree with Brendan, with the caveat that there are no real "alternatives" to science. There have been at least some vague gestures in this thread towards "other ways of knowing", or some such nonsense. Obviously a good chunk of observables are not amenable to scientific analysis. But where science is possible the scientific method doesn't just offer the best approach-it offers the only approach. The only way to beat science is with better science. In areas where science is not possible, epistemic authority of any kind is also not possible-just old dudes, stroking their beards, feigning more knowledge than they can really have.
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