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Bruce Charlton

Not Even Trying: The Corruption of Real Science

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    Many things can (tacitly) be learned that cannot (explicitly) be taught
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    It is an axiom that all true scientific statements are consistent with all other true scientific statements.
    True statements should not contradict one another, they should cohere
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    science is so difficult, that when motivation is deficient then problems will not get solved.
    You need, you must have, spontaneous positive interest (the gossip test) and you cannot solve problems that bore you
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    Recall; when scientists believed in truth they would historically suffer hardship (sometimes extreme hardship, prison, even death) for their scientific beliefs. But nowadays even the mere possibility of being passed over for a grant or promotion is sufficient to terrify ‘scientists’ into submission
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    Truth-telling and truth-seeking must not be regarded as mere ideals within science, but as iron laws, continually and universally operative
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    Truth cannot be retrieved from a mass of lies – so without strict honesty, truth is simply lost..
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    science is not at any time-point supposed to be wholly-correct, rather it is conceptualized as a system of intrinsic self-correction
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    And so the growth of professional science continued, and continued...
    Until it out-grew the supply of creative geniuses and had to recruit from uncreative but very smart people - but continued growing..
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