Category Archives: Philosophy of Science
How we use chaos theory to predict the future (and why we still get it wrong)
Do you ever shake your head and curse the weatherperson as the weather does the opposite of what they predicted again? You planned your vacation for this weekend because it was supposed to be sunny and warm, but instead it poured rain the whole time.
Why does that keep happening? Why do they keep getting it wrong?
That’s chaos at work.
It’s not the fault of the weatherperson.
The true wonder is not how often they predict the weather wrong, but how often they get it right.
The weather is a chaotic system, and chaotic systems are unpredictable. But thanks to a fascinating thing called chaos theory, we’ve figured out how to predict them anyway.
Don’t worry, I’ll explain. Continue reading
Assumptions of science: 5 reasons you should be skeptical
Science is the most successful knowledge generating tool the world has ever seen. It has majorly impacted the lives of almost everyone on earth. But most people trust, and even use this tool daily, without fully understanding it.
Science is an invented tool, not a fundamental aspect of nature. Yet even the majority of scientists are unaware of its limitations.
In this article I will explain some of those limitations. I will tell you about 5 important assumptions of science. Continue reading