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New Meetup: Karl Popper: All Life Is Problem Solving

From: Steve
Sent on: Monday, May 24, 2010 12:12 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Plato's Cave - The Orlando Philosophy Meetup Group!

What: Karl Popper: All Life Is Problem Solving

When: Sunday, June 27,[masked]:00 PM

Austins Coffee
929 West Fairbanks Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789

Karl Popper: All Life Is Problem Solving


Science must begin with myths, and with the criticism of myths.

Science may be described as the art of systematic over-simplification - the art of discerning what we may with advantage omit.

The true Enlightenment thinker, the true rationalist, never wants to talk anyone into anything. No, he does not even want to convince; all the time he is aware that he may be wrong.

Philosophers should consider the fact that the greatest happiness principle can easily be made an excuse for a benevolent dictatorship.

If God had wanted to put everything into the universe from the beginning, He would have created a universe without change, without organisms and evolution, and without man and man's experience of change. But he seems to have thought that a live universe with events unexpected even by Himself would be more interesting than a dead one.

Karl Popper's 1934 Bombshell:
In 1934 Popper published what many regard as his Magnum Opus The Logic of Scientific Discovery. The famous chemist Wachtershauser said that this is a "gem" and that it liberated him from a sterile accounting view of science. Wachtershauser subsequently went on to develop one of the main theories of the origin of life. Frank Tipler, the famous cosmologist, regards this as the most important book of the 20th century. In one majestic and systematic attack, psychologism, naturalism, inductionism, and logical positivism are swept away and replaced by a set of methodological rules called Falsificationism. Falsificationism is the idea that science advances by unjustified, exaggerated guesses followed by unstinting criticism. Only hypotheses capable of clashing with observation reports are allowed to count as scientific.

Unfalsifiable theories are like the computer programs with no uninstall option that just clog up the computer's precious storage space. Falsifiable theories, on the other hand, enhance our control over error while expanding the richness of what we can say about the world.

Join Plato's Cave philosophers as we critique Sir Karl Popper's philosophy of science and more.

To prepare for our discussion, be sure to check our 'files' section and 'message board'.

Be sure to honor your RSVP. If you plan to participate, but later learn that you cannot, please update your RSVP right away as a courtesy to waiting members.

Steve, Plato's Cave Organizer

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