What I'm really interested in is whether God could
have made the world in a different way, that is;
whether the necessity of Logical Simplicity leaves
any freedom at all.
(remark to his assistant quoted in "Mainsprings of
Scientific Discovery" by Gerald Horton in The Nature of
Scientific Discovery, Owen Gingereich, editor)
Foundations of Science
7:10 -9:50 pm
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This semester we will look at many
aspects of Science as it is related to Philosophy, in
particular we will examine how Science has changed over
time, look at some current debates (such as creationism
versus the theory of evolution, questions concerning the
mind and consciousness and artificial intelligence),
examine the nature of time, and delve informally to the
quantum world, and much more, all focusing on the
underlying Metaphysical and Epistemological assumptions of
Science with an aim at gaining some insight to the
question, Why has Science been so successful?
will include short essays on selected subjects and/or
group projects/presentations. The class will be informal,
with abundant discussion. The last class is always a pizza
party and movie which explores one of the many themes we
have studied in class.
I look forward to seeing you there!