Rampant scientism got you down? Abuses of the demarcation problem making it tough to pick a paradigm? Copenhagen interpretation not jiving with your metaphysics? Casual joke in another thread gaining terrifying un-life? This thread is here to make it so much worse all better. Paul Feyerabend, here shown already disapproving of this thread. The premise is simple: we pick a reading, we pick a length of time, we read the selection, we discuss it. The twist: every book is going to be related to the philosophy of science. This is a pretty niche subject area so we might expand to other areas. I'm kind of playing this by ear. For now, I'm calling that the goal. Insofar as I'm aware no one's a professional, so we're not going to judge. Alternatively: insofar as I'm aware no one's a professional, so we're all going to judge a lot. In any case I think this might be an entertaining undertaking, or at least an excuse for me to plow through some of the books in my backlog. Terrifyingly, we might all learn something, but that's a risk I'm willing to take. Also terrifyingly, this thread might just devolve into my doing a poor man's version of a Rogue1.5 thread... but that's also a risk I'm willing to take. Some ground rules: [ol][li]No theology. Unless you're specifically commenting on something in a reading that invokes god or a lack thereof, leave it at the door. Don't invoke your holy book, don't invoke your Dawkins, just don't.[/li] [li]Try to clarify your definitions. Technical terms abound, try to explain what you mean if necessary.[/li] [li]Outside material is fine but try to cite it. Not, like, formally, just mention it.[/li] [li]Look up Operation Ivy before you complain about the thread title. Also Socrates or whatever.[/li][/ol] Some resources: [ul][li]Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - Your one-stop shop for entirely too much background information.[/li] [li]Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy - Because you have to have at least two competing resources for your one-stop shopping.[/li] [li]Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online - I lied, it's actually three stops.[/li][/ul] The first book I'd like to put forward for this foolish undertaking is Alan F. Chalmer's introductory text What Is This Thing Called Science? It's a pretty popular book on the subject and comes recommend by noted "guy Ramza admires too much" Massimo Pigliucci, so hey, why the hell not? I recommend either the third or fourth edition - the former's the last highly substantive revision, but apparently the latter has a really interesting postscript. I'll be reading the third because it's the one my university's library had, and also the one that certain Canadian universities have uploaded. Convenient. My proposal for the first bit of reading is that we read the introduction and first chapter ("Science as knowledge derived from the facts of experience") from Chalmers by the end of next week - say, July 18th. If you get done early, feel free to write up some initial thoughts.