Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Paul Feyerabend, Philosopher of Science, says "Anything Goes!"


The main image is from a window display at the museum in Banjul and relates to hunting. Until quite recently, hunting was a closed circle that played an important role in the interests of society. It was believed that hunters knew the secrets of the bush and forest and were connected with spiritual and magical beasts. Photo copyright: Janet Cameron
Myth and science are often closely joined, and may reach similar conclusions. This image is from a window display at the museum in Banjul, The Gambia. 
Logical Positivism is the belief that philosophy should be based on observation and experimentation and that any result that cannot be verified must be false.
Therefore – the following statement, although shocking to many people – becomes even more shocking when considering its author is a formerly committed logical positivist.
As a result, Paul Feyerabend (1924-1994) caused a tremendous storm of dissent within academia. Here is his statement:
“Scientists have more money, more authority, more sex appeal than they deserve. The most stupid procedures and the laughable results are surrounded by an aura of excellence. It is time to cut them down in size, and to give them a more modest position in society” (Feyerabend 1975, quoted by Theodore Schick in Skeptical Enquirer.)
Read more at Decoded Past... Paul Feyerabend




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