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The Scientific Method: Reflections from a Practitioner

Massimiliano Di Ventra

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198825623
eISBN:
9780191864605
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198825623.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

Can Science answer all our questions? If not, what knowledge can it provide, and how? Written in a colloquial style, and arguing from well-known and easy-to-follow facts, this book addresses all ... More


“Scientism”: Abusing the Scientific Method

Massimiliano Di Ventra

in The Scientific Method: Reflections from a Practitioner

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198825623
eISBN:
9780191864605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198825623.003.0017
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

This chapter warns against a bad form of “religion” that may be called Scientism. It shows that the abuse of the scientific method in context that are not addressable via experimental means leads to ... More


Final Thoughts

Massimiliano Di Ventra

in The Scientific Method: Reflections from a Practitioner

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198825623
eISBN:
9780191864605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198825623.003.0018
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

This chapter summarizes the discussion in the preceding chapters and discusses some open issues still left unresolved. It reiterates the inalienable role of experiments in the pursuit of scientific ... More


Science without Philosophy?

Massimiliano Di Ventra

in The Scientific Method: Reflections from a Practitioner

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198825623
eISBN:
9780191864605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198825623.003.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

This chapter answers the question posed in its title. It makes the important point that Science is built upon the foundations of Logic/Philosophy. Misunderstanding of this point leads to sterile and ... More


Modernization Versus Fetishism of Revolution in Twentieth-Century China

Ying-shih Yü

Josephine Chiu-Duke and Michael S. Duke (eds)

in Chinese History and Culture: Seventeenth Century Through Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780231178600
eISBN:
9780231542005
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231178600.003.0010
Subject:
History, Asian History

This study discusses the predicament of China’s modernization by relating it to changing conceptions of revolution. It argues that the so-called “modernizing process” was a process set in motion by ... More


The World Trade Organization and the New Competing Kings of Cotton

Amy A. Quark

in Global Rivalries: Standards Wars and the Transnational Cotton Trade

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226050539
eISBN:
9780226050706
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226050706.003.0004
Subject:
Economics and Finance, International

Chapter 4 focuses on a critical turning point in the contemporary struggle over quality standards and dispute settlement mechanisms: the creation of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The WTO ... More


Atheism and the Social Sciences

Stephen LeDrew

in Science, Belief and Society: International Perspectives on Religion, Non-Religion and the Public Understanding of Science

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781529206944
eISBN:
9781529206951
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781529206944.003.0011
Subject:
Sociology, Sociology of Religion

In the past two decades, the anti-religious movement known as New Atheism has been working to define a scientific basis for opposing religion and its influence in public affairs. New Atheist thought ... More


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