Philosophy of Science and the Occult

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Patrick Grim
SUNY Press, 1982 - 395 páginas
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This book both introduces the philosophy of science through examination of the occult and examines the occult rigorously enough to raise central issues in the philosophy of science. Placed in the context of the occult, philosophy of science issues become immediately understandable and forcefully compelling.

Divergent views on astrology, parapsychology, and quantum mechanics mysticism emphasize topics standard to the philosophy of science. Such issues as confirmation and selection for testing, causality and time, explanation and the nature of scientific laws, the status of theoretical entities, the problem of demarcation, theory and observation, and science and values are discussed.

Significantly revised, this second edition presents an entirely new section of quantum mechanics and mysticism including instructions from N. David Mermin for constructing a device which dramatically illustrates the genuinely puzzling phenomena of quantum mechanics. A more complete and current review of research on astrology has been included in this new edition, and the section on the problem of demarcation has been broadened.
  

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Índice

Preface to the Revised Edition
1
General Introduction
3
ASTROLOGY
15
A Statement by 186 Leading Scientist
18
The Strange Case of Astrology
23
On Dismissing Astrology and Other Irrationalities
28
Spheres of Influence
37
A Critical Review
51
Coincidence and Explanation
205
Science or Pseudoscience?
214
Philosophical Difficulties with Paranormal Knowledge Claims
232
Precognition and the Paradoxes of Causality
243
Second Report on a Case of Experimenter Fraud
253
Suggested Readings
264
QUANTUM MYSTICISM
267
Conflicting Notes from Einstein and Bohr
272

Suggested Readings
82
SCIENCE or PSEUDOSCIENCE? THE PROBLEM OF DEMARCATION
87
Winning through Pseudoscience
92
Conjectures and Refutations
104
Demarcating Genuine Science from Pseudoscience
111
Logic of Discovery or Psychology of Research?
123
The Popperian versus the Kuhnian Research Programme
131
Kuhn Popper and the Normative Problem of Demarcation
140
The Conservatism of Pseudoscience
156
A Crisis of Modern Intellect
170
Suggested Readings
179
PARAPSYCHOLOGY
183
An Empirical Science
187
The Unity of All Things
274
Einstein Doesnt Like It
285
The Yogi and the Quantum
302
Quantum Mysteries for Anyone
315
Mind Matter and Quantum Mechanics
326
Suggested Readings
350
OTHER APPROACHES TO THE OCCULT
353
Notes on Mysticism and Nitrous Oxide
355
Tacit Assumptions
361
Scientific and Other Values
370
Suggested Readings
385
Index
387
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Sobre el autor (1982)

Patrick Grim is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has coedited eleven volumes of The Philosopher’s Annual and has published a number of articles on logic and contemporary metaphysics, philosophy of religion, and ethics.

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