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Re: SCIENCE AND CLASSIFICATION
<I am taking three science classes this semester and the topic
on the first day was oddly enough "what is science?" The answer
class came to was "the application of the scientific method to
Although that's circular, it basically means the application
hypothesis, testing, falsification.>
Pete, you guys couldn't wait to get in grapple with the details,
Try taking a step back further; how about something like:
Science: the view that reality can be apprehended and manipulated
to reach a consciously formulated goal.
Okay, that's off the top of my head, but it's close to what you're
doing and assuming, right?
The mechanism used is the scientific method, and one of a number
of key elements (including replication and prediction) is singularity:
you haven't solved a problem if you have two equally unrefuted
and contradictory solutions, have you? Both A and not A cannot
So, is cladistic analysis in paleontology science?
That's different from the question, what system of taxonomy best
meets the requirements for a system of classifying animals?
As HP Holtz points out very correctly, these are two separate
HP Kinsman is trying to merge two systems of classification in
order to find one which meets all the requirements. I don't
think his effort will work, cladistics introduces too frequent
change and too much subjectivity, I think, but he could surprise
me. It's an honorable intent.
At any rate, which are we talking about, the relation of cladistic
analysis to science, or the requirements of a classification
system? I'm kind of confused from your post.
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