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Patrik Bagge pab at neramd.no
Thu Nov 25 08:50:34 EST 1999

>>>>> The concept of the success of a theory is at least
>>>>> somewhat well-defined as its ability to explain (and predict) reality,
>> and
>>>>> has little or nothing to do with its practical application (and, of
>> course,
>>>>> practical application of many abstruse physical theories has occurred
>>>>> decades or more after the they were formulated, so evaluating 'what
>> good' a
>>>>> theory may be is rather difficult in the absense of reliable
>> precognition).

>> if one should consider, predicting weather, building a computer
>> a 'practical application' then the science enabling us to do this
>> has something 'to do' behind the scenes.
>I don't think you understood what he wrote, nor the concept of
>"success" for a scientific theory.
>The contradiction is all in _your_ mind.

Obvious Topic:

concept of success in science = ability to explain
and predict reality , period.

that's fine with me.

example of predicting reality = weatherprognosis

do we agree?

if we do, the connection is obvious to my little mind.
the connection is in the concept/word 'reality'

even Maynard mentioned the concept of
correlation with 'experimental results' in reality

if we still agree, then we can connect
a successfull science with 'successfull weatherprognosis'

Less Obvious Topic:

balanced answer, with only a little fine
touch of insult at the end


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