A222 – week 18 – Scientific Knowledge: Karl Popper

I’m starting to think that philosophers are very bitter people who try and ruin everything for everyone else. This week they are having a good stab at ruining scientific knowledge and whilst Popper talks a good defence of it, he admits that scientific theories cannot be proved to be true, as something else might happen in the future to disprove them, not that observations can be trusted anyway (but you should, just because). Then there’s Feyerabend who basically says that the scientific method and science itself is pointless. Are all philosophers on anti-depressants, it must be terrible to doubt everything all of the time and consider that nothing can ever be truly ‘known’.

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