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Christian Tractatus

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The chief & most successful means of acquiring systematic knowledge of the world is by means of science, which may be spoken of both as an activity and as a body of knowledge, the collected results of the application of the scientific method.

  1. As an activity1, science is a method of asking and answering questions about the world. Any discipline that asks questions that are capable of being answered by controlled observation (ie. by experiment) may be termed a science. Hence, the historical & social sciences may be so categorised along with the physical sciences.
  2. Science, considered as a body of knowledge, is a collection of interrelated theories2 about the world.
  3. There are domains of experience of the physical world that are not susceptible to direct experimentation3.
  4. A general hypothesis that is ubiquitous in science is that of uniformitarianism4. That is, that the laws of physics are taken to be constant with respect to both space & time.
  5. The scientific method is paradigmatic for any activity that claims to provide knowledge of the world. Its primacy is demonstrated by its practical success.

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