Re: Culture of Science?

John Wilkins (
Fri, 13 Sep 1996 13:15:14 +1000

In article <4vcnil$>, (Paul
Gorman) wrote:

| Eric Brunner ( wrote:
| : Paul Gorman ( wrote:
| : : Joel and Lynn Gazis-Sax ( wrote:
| :
| : : : Perhaps you all have others. The point I would make about these things
| : : : is that they /are not/ Scientific Method. But they sure as hell sneak
| : : : in and wreak their havoc often enough for us to be aware of them.
| :
| : : Ah. Perhaps you'd enlighten us as to what the *true* Scientific
Method is?
| :
| : Before attempting to muddy the waters Paul, starting with an available
| : cite such as Kuhn would be appropriate.
| Having checked the post I responded to I can find no 'availible cite such
| as Kuhn'. Did you have a point?

Errmm, perhaps he wants a reference citation to the works of the most
influential historian and philosopher of science of the past 30 years,
Thomas S Kuhn? The point being that Kuhn (and Feyerabend and many others)
have argued that there is no such thing as *the* scientific method,
although I think that Feyerabend goes too far.

John Wilkins, Head of Communication Services, Walter and Eliza
Hall Institute of Medical Research
It is the glory of science that it finds the patterns
in spite of the noise - Daniel Dennett