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some readings @ paradoxes of scientific confirmation

From: Alex N.
Sent on: Sunday, December 26, 2010 10:11 PM
Hi Philosophers!

I hope you all had nice holidays and are cooking up fun plans to ring in the New Year. And I'm sure nothing better screams the holidays for you than some fun readings on Scientific Confirmation! --- I looked around the internet, and there really isn't very much in the way of a gentle introduction to the topic (which is surprising, since the basic ideas really aren't that complicated). I think the closest to a very gentle introduction is the set of lecture slides:

http://philosophyfaculty.ucsd.edu/faculty/wuthrich/teaching/2010_012/Lect17_ParadoxesConfirmation.pdf

Another good outline-type review of the basic subject matter can be found here (starting on page 83, section 10.3):

http://www.soaziglebihan.org/docs/PHIL2402008F/2008-PHIL240-10.pdf

I also stumbled across this apparently free little book "teach yourself philosophy of science" which has a brief discussion starting on page 36:

http://www.mel-thompson.co.uk/PDF%20files/Philosophy%20of%20Science.pdf

I haven't read this book, so I can't vouch for its worth; but, on a cursory glance, it looks like a nice little introduction.

For more advanced reading, you can always consult an anthology-type book (I can suggest something, if you like), but there is a steep learning curve for this topic. -- I suggest just reading over some of the above links and just thinking about it a little. I will try to review the big ideas at the beginning of our meetup in order to get the big points out on the table.

Best:
Alex

P.S. As always, no matter what you RSVP'd, if you find you can make our Jan 3 meetup afterall, then just show up. You can call my cell if you can't locate us: (510)[masked]

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