Empirical Science Essay

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1. Empirical sciences are sciences that make assertions “the truth of which is dependent on the world”, they use our senses, either observations about the world or experiments (not always possible, we cannot create all the situations needed) to come to a claim. For example, statistics and computer science are not empirical sciences, because their truth is not dependent on what the world is like. They are true regardless of what is happening in the world, it has nothing to do with how the world behaves, because our observations will not change the truth of the statistics and computer science. This is the case, because the truths that come from them are a priori, they are not dependent upon observations and experiments and so we only rely on …show more content…
When something is genuinely scientific, when it is challenged by empirical evidence, they put themselves at risk of failure and the success is proven not from explanations but from the power of confirmation of these challenges, they test themselves and fight to remain supreme. Pseudo-science on the other hand avoids challenges, so that is never at risk and relies on the power of explanations, so they are in essence saving the theories from failure and refuse to let them go. The criterion of falsifiability is the “mark of true sciences” according to Popper: “a truly scientific theory has to be falsifiable, which means that it is always possible to be falsified by a new empirical discovery, no matter how successful it has been.” This makes sense as we want to progress and evolve in our methods and thinking, so we would want to discover the true theories, however, if one failure occurred in the theory, this may not be enough to justify the rejection of a theory as a whole. This method may not always be an effective way of finding the truth since it is not always …show more content…
I personally do not fear the advances of science but rejoice in them. I remember when the first iPhone came out and I was in 6th grade, everyone was so excited and we all had a feeling our world would change drastically by this new technology, I for one never imagined I would be owning one in the future (today), just as when televisions were first made, they were only accessible to wealthy families and now anyone and almost everyone has a TV or the ability to acquire one. As technology progresses through advances in science, our lives improve and I feel that there is nothing wrong with humanity desiring comfort and convenience in our lifetime. I believe that we will continue to progress and certain aspects in our way of life will change as they always do, but the people in the future will not care about these changes, just as today we care little about how much our lives differ from the medieval times. I am certain no one today wants to return to the medieval times when soup and shampoo did not exist, when you could die from the common cold, things have drastically changed and I do not think we regret these changes. Advancements made in science result in much more positive outcomes then in

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