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Re: What's the Science of Dinosaurs?
<Is this Socrates, or is it Kant [It is Kant; your vestiges of
memory are accurate.]? I've done quite well ridding my memory
that stuff. As you imply in your post, debating such aspects
of "knowing" and
"factuality" is quite counterproductive and fruitless. Philosophers
the world's greatest BS artists, and it's good to avoid their
pitfalls and snares [Funny, that's where Positivism ended up.].
We all know that we exist, even if they seem not to.>
I'd already decided to drop this line of discussion here as unproductive,
but this kind of argument by assertion is a goad. Let's just
look at the challenge, and move on.
You can't just sweep the pieces off the board if you don't like
As an exemplar, is cladistics science?
The short answer is No.
The long answer is also No.
Not if science is about approaching and eventually reaching a
single, apprehendable truth. If it can't, then science is a
social activity, shared by those who've leapt to belief.
Let the festivities continue!
And the best of the joys of the season to all!
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