Friday, April 4, 2014

How Science Works

Because we are intelligent, we can test our traditions and new ideas by doing science.  "Doing science" is the way we improve our understanding of reality by testing our ideas and discarding the ones we find are false.

When we do science, we do two exercises.  We say, "If this is true, I expect to see that."  And we say, "If I see that other, then this is not true."  When we do the first exercise, we are identifying a prediction.  When we do the second exercise, we are identifying a falsifying condition.  Identifying falsifying conditions and predictions is the way we bring our intuitions, traditions, and beliefs into scientific rigor so that we can find out what is real.

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