Re: Science and Religion

Danny Yee (danny@STAFF.CS.SU.OZ.AU)
Mon, 9 Oct 1995 12:56:25 +1000

Matt Tomaso writes:
> Since most of social and cultural anthropological and indeed all of
> historical data are constructed from witnessing events (ethnography) which
> are not replicable in any real sense, this stricture seems to rule out the
> possibility of a science of culture as well as any authenticity (in the
> scientific sense of the word) for historical information not pertaining to
> scientifically conducted experiments.

So you don't think palaeontology, cosmology, or geology are sciences?
(If you think it's hard to replicate ethnographic events, just imagine
the problems involved in replicating the uplift of the Himalayas,
let alone the creation of the universe!)

Danny Yee, who thinks that history is as much a science as physics.