Category Archives: Scientific method

Why scientists should talk to philosophers

by Judith Curry

The divorce between philosophers and scientists is fairly recent.  Its time for a reconciliation.

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The sociology of correlation and causation

by Judith Curry

Correlation doesn’t imply  causation.

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Evidence of absence versus absence of evidence

By Judith Curry

Does global warming make extreme weather events worse?

 

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Habits of a complex mind

by Judith Curry

How to go from reductionist thinking to action based complexity research. 

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Magical theories

by Judith Curry

[W]e have a field of sort-of-science in which hypotheses are treated as facts because they’re too hard or expensive to test, and there are so many hypotheses that what journalists like to call “leading authorities” disagree with one another daily. – Gary Taubes

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What scientific ideas are ready for retirement?

by Judith Curry

So, what scientific idea do YOU think is ready for retirement?

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Pretense of knowledge

by Judith Curry

I confess that I prefer true but imperfect knowledge, even if it leaves much indetermined and unpredictable, to a pretence of exact knowledge that is likely to be false. – Friedrich von Hayek

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