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Science Is a Sacred Cow, by Anthony Standen

- Abstract

From a distance, science looks as a whole like the secure, foolproof, intelligent, and eminently successful enterprise that it is only in part. Up close one discovers that the uncertainty characteristic of our life here below has not left it untouched, even on its highest reaches. And when we get to such a fundamental question as what science is, things really become confusing. In despair, some authorities have decided that science is anything that is produced as a result of the application of the “scientific method”; others, that it is anything a scientist does in his field; others, anything that “works.”

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