ludimagister asked: I was going metaphorical at it, you didn't need to check the facts. My point is that phi-of-sci provides a meta-reflective level from which one can sensibly reason about science--as you yourself did by bringing up Kuhn. And, that kind of reasoning can be fed back to the world of science--as in Popper's criticism of Freud's paradigm. Not to mention Einstein, Heisenberg, Schrodinger, Bohr, and other great scientists' heavy engagement with phi-of-sci. It is not as irrelevant as you made it sound.
I agree ludimagister, and I was not pretending to make Philosophy of Science as an irrelevant issue, it is not! Just I point at they are different disciplines, mutually interacting, but that they are indeed different. I think also that is the sense of the Feynman’s argument, or at least that’s my interpretation.
Scienceisbeauty’s point is valid. I’ve read articles written by creationists who have propped their bogus theories on the work of “scientists,” who had PhDs in Phi-of-Sci rather than Biology, Chemistry, or Physics, etc. The first hand claims of experts in their discrete fields should be the basis of scientific theories, not the easily discredited hypotheses of religious apologists posing as scientists.
Confession of a Reformed Pirate
My wife tells a story from early in our relationship. We were at a 400+ annual party/event in Ohio, sitting at a table with friends of my wife. Bored, I poured an old lady’s half-finished bottle of beer into my glass, setting the empty back in front of the stranger when she wasn’t looking. My girlfriend (whom I eventually married) could not believe anyone would do anything so vile.
In response, I said, “I am a pirate. That’s what my people do.”
Since then, I’ve tried hard to change my ways. This old sea dog’s days of plundering have most likely come to an end—but old habits die hard—and I love the sound of gold doubloons clinking inside a wooden chest. Avast, ye galleons flying the Royal Spanish banner best be steerin’ clear of my harbor.
Finished Bioshock Infinite
Bioshock Infinite turned out to be a big wrapped surprise for me.
I felt seriously immersed in the universe, specially around the first bit of it.
I got warned several times, I am going to go speechless and mindfucked.
All of this turned out to happen.
Consider playing this game sometime. You’ll ponder for days and days.
This game is genius. A masterpiece.
Best game of 2013? It’s a tough call. For my money, only ‘The Last of Us’ is as good or better. Noted, ‘Bioshock Infinite’ bends the mind and twists the heart, whereas most of the dramatic moments in ‘The Last of Us’ outweighed the oft Disney-esque dynamic between Booker and Elizabeth. (Consider the “Play The Guitar” sequence in Shantytown’s Graveyard Shift basement.)