Philosophy of Science
October 26, 2009

If you want a great twenty-minute introduction to this field, here’s the best one I’ve encountered:

I took a class on philosophy of science several years ago, and really enjoyed it. I think we actually discussed Deutsch’s variational theory of science in class, but unfortunately I’ve misplaced my notes and only remember that this stuff seems vaguely familiar. But I definitely do agree with his general introduction and the idea that science is theory-laden instead of positivist, even if I doubt that his specific definition of science is correct in the details. And he actually makes it seem like this stuff matters, which is quite an accomplishment!

Finally, it doesn’t come up at all in the talk, but Deutsch is also apparently one of the progenitors of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, which makes the most sense of any interpretation I’ve seen. More on that some other time, perhaps.