The Meaning of Science (PDF)

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Download · The Meaning of Science º PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Tim Lewens ↠ 0 Download Free download é PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Tim Lewens Science has produced explanations for everything from the mechanisms of insect navigation to the formation of black holes and the workings of black markets But how much can we trust science and can we actually know the world through it How does science work and how does it fail And how can the work of scientists help or hurt everyday people These are not uestions that science can answer on its own This is where philosophy of science comes in Studying science without philosophy is to uote Einstein to be “like somebody who has seen thousands of trees but has never seen a fores This is a book about philosophy of science But why do we need to study philosophy of science Many important uestion about a discipline such as nature of its concepts and its relation to other disciplines are philosophical in nature Philosophy of science for example is needed to supplement the understanding of the natural and social sciences that derives from scientific work itself Philosophy studies every subject matter that the sciences also study but it does this with different aims and methods Philosophy can also turn us into good critical thinkers

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The Meaning of Science

Download · The Meaning of Science º PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Tim Lewens ↠ 0 Download Free download é PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Tim Lewens To demonstrate that a decision was made several seconds before a person actually makes a conscious choice what does that tell us about the possibility of free will By examining science through this philosophical lens Lewens reveals what physics can teach us about reality what biology teaches us about human nature and what cognitive science teaches us about human freedom A masterful analysis of the biggest scientific and ethical issues of our age The Meaning of Science forces us to confront the practical personal and political purposes of science and why it matters to all of u A pretty good introductory work on the philosophy of science and how it has been through about in contemporary times the limits of science and the possibilities of it Tim Lewens covers the classic definers of what science is starting with Karl Popper moving to Thomas Kuhn and so on with an overview of contemporary thought on the meaning of scienceTim Lewens has a bit of a narrow conception of science here this isn t really covering social sciences for example it s pretty much science and conceived from the point of view of STEM But then it might be understandable as widening the net might really derail what he is attempting to achieve hereHe does give some practical examples on why sciences such as Economics or Homeopathy don t really fit the conception of science he is using throughout and he does seem to have a sympathy for scientific realism He does end up making a good case about why philosophy so often dismissed by people in STEM fields can actually have relevant contributions to make to the fields and how to conceive them

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Download · The Meaning of Science º PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Tim Lewens ↠ 0 Download Free download é PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Tim Lewens T” Cambridge philosopher Tim Lewens shows us the forest He walks us through the theories of seminal philosophers of science Karl Popper and Thomas Kuhn and considers what science is how far it can and should reach and how we can determine the nature of its truths and myths These philosophical issues have conseuences that stretch far beyond the laboratory For instance What role should scientists have in policy discussions on environmental issues such as fracking What are the biases at play in the search for a biological function of the female orgasm If brain scans can be used Pelican books have a wonderful if now not terribly well known place in this country s cultural history They hark back to a time when popular culture didn t seem to be constantly chasing the lowest common denominator but where there was a place for intellectual optimism for a Reithian spirit of self improvementThe Meaning of Science follows the relaunch of Pelican books in 2014 and its retro light blue cover brings strong memories of parental bookcasesThe content of the book is a cut above much of what is now published as popular science This is a book which rewards a uiet environment and full concentrationIt falls into two parts the first rigorously examining what science is the second looking at the overlap between science and philosophyThe first two chapters introduce two great scientific philosophers Popper who uestioned whether science could prove anything it could only postulate and disprove theories and Kuhn who cast doubt on whether science advances at all or is simply a series of revolutions or paradigm shifts each of which eradicates what came before These chapters illustrate the beauty and power of the scientific method Not only does good science inherently involve challenge but here we have the same thing happening at a meta level challenging the scientific method itself Science is something which can be trusted because it doesn t trust itself Along the way author Lewens also examines Poppers attempts to distinguish between science and pseudo science and also shines the light on some of the keys flaws in intelligent designFrom here the book goes on to discuss whether science can make a claim to truth and also the relationship between science and society The latter examines the balance the dilemma science faces where massively socially beneficial results have been generated but not yet completely rigorously verified When to publishI found the second half slightly less satisfying than the first simply because it seems less in tune with the title The first part is a philosophical analysis of the soundness of science The second is about whether scientific experimentation can help to resolve such philosophical uestions as is there such a thing as human nature do we genuinely have free will and what place for altruism in a world driven by natural selection These are all interesting topics in their own right but I perhaps would ve preferred to see the first section expanded furtherI didn t always find Lewens arguments convincing He concludes that the case for free will is not proven but clearly favours its existence He does not however make a persuasive case for his preference Also in discussing the response to fallout from Chernobyl in Cumbria he suggests that science is inadeuate without local knowledge when to me it could be argued simply the scientists in uestion were guilty of insufficient rigour The fault was with the scientists not the science That does nod towards another issue what is science is it what scientists doThe fact that I found myself uestioning and disagreeing with the author is not a criticism rather it is an illustration of the beauty of an intellectually stimulating workOne rather strange omission from the book is the lack of any mention of mathematics In a work which discusses the ability of science to prove anything about reality the absence of the most powerful tool in the scientist s kitbag is odd to say the least Further in the final chapter Lewens addresses the uestion of what is and isn t provable by science but to do so with no mention of Kurt Godel feels incompleteOverall however this is a genuinely excellent book


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