Empiricism and Assumptions

October 24, 2008 at 5:18 pm Leave a comment

The primary assumption of empiricism (more accurately, the empirical paradigm) is consistency.  You could call that constancy.  That is, “reality” isn’t going to vary significantly.  What exists now is basically at least what did exist and what will exist.

A “for instance” appears to be that the Earth has always orbited the Sun at about the same distance.  I’m not sacred in that field, I’m not a scientist, so I don’t know.

Unstated assumptions should be assumed to be operatively false–hypotheses–until tested.  [There’s an actual logic behind what I just described.  Historically it’s worked quite well.  So according to the empirical hypotheses it’s as “true” as things get.)

Interesting to actually be scribbling this volume of thoughts out.  Interesting too that I apparently made the correct decision to on the whole avoid schools and the educated because their version of reality was on the whole so very different from mine.  Same data, shatteringly different conclusions.

–Glenn

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