science = determinism?

Christian Bau christian.bau at isltd.insignia.com
Wed Nov 24 11:30:55 EST 1999


In article <81givs$p6k$1 at newsserver.rrzn.uni-hannover.de>, "Frank Buckler"
<fb at m2.ifb.uni-hannover.de> wrote:

> Science tries to explain reality. 

No. That is exactly the reason why psychoanalysis is considered
non-scientific by many, because it is quite good at explaining any
psychological reality, but extremly weak at making predictions. 

Science tries to create verifiable (and therefore falsifiable) theories
about reality. Science tries to predict, not to explain. 

> The word "explain" contain the assumtion
> that there are some kind of determinism. 

Consider quantum theory on one side (non-deterministic, but very often the
propabilities of some results are so close to certainty that they appear
deterministic) and chaos theory (which describes how events that are
controlled by complete deterministic processes are completely
unpredictable).




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