Lesson 8: Assignments

Required Reading

Chapter 10 in "The Science Before Science"

Written Assignment

Summarize succinctly, chapter by chapter, using a series of bullets for each, what you learned in each chapter; lump chapters one and two together.

How can modern science be undermined if the science before science is not consciously applied at certain points?

What about philosophy (narrow sense) is "before" science?

How is it that Mano Singham could say that modern science is not truth directed? What part of science is he likely talking about?

What happened to Nietzsche when he tried the "there is no truth" experiment?

What is wrong with Guth's statement that the universe burst forth from nothing?

Was Newton's aim in the Principia to give physical causes?

What does virtually present mean?

Are atoms real? How can they be real, and yet I be one at the same time?

If people have seen atoms, like the Barium atom described in "The Science Before Science," why do we still say that atoms are not proper knowledge in the sharp sense, but only so highly likely as to be a practical certainty? We do not know it with the certainty that we know a table in front at arms reach in front of us.

Are atoms really composed of nothing between the electrons and the nucleus? Explain.

If atoms were completely inert, that is completely non-interacting, explain why one could not even stack them? If atoms just allowed stacking, explain why one could not hope to have even a simple salt crystal?

What should be done differently in the empiriometric science? If nothing why so? What is a relatively big change that should happen in the use of the empiriometric?

How is proper understanding of science connected with our happiness?


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