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do physicists need philosophers?

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Started: 6/19/2015 Category: Science
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hparikh

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Round 1- acceptance
round 2- opening argument
round 3 and 4- refuting and questioning
round 5- closing argument
Debate Round No. 1
hparikh

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the world of physics is physics is huge and complex. Often physicists are unable to prove something and that is where philosophers come in. Creating a philosophy gives physicist a direction to work towards. The philosophy centers around a theme or theory and that shapes the goal of a physicist. There are many examples of physicists being philosophers as well. The most famous one is Aristotle. Aristotelian philosophy of physics viewed the universe as a sphere with a center. Matter, composed of the classical elements, earth, water, air, and fire, sought to go down towards the center of the universe, the center of the earth, or up, away from it. Things in the aether such as the moon, the sun, planets, or stars circled the center of the universe. Movement is defined as change in place, i.e. space.
https://en.wikipedia.org...

The beauty about philosophy and as to why it applies to every field is that it develops a person to think creatively and technically. It improves the thought processes of people studying philosophy and enables them to think outside the box. Philosophy focuses on a conceptual problem rather than a mathematical one. Einstein was able to come up with his theory of relativity because of his interest in philosophy. Philosophy made him realize what was wrong with the scientific paradigm.
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Philosophers "training instills certain habits of thought"sensitivity to ambiguity, precision of expression, attention to theoretical detail"that are essential for understanding what a mathematical formalism might suggest about the actual world. Philosophers also learn to spot the gaps and elisions in everyday arguments. These gaps provide entry points for conceptual wedges: nooks where overlooked alternatives can take root and grow. The "shut up and calculate" ethos does not promote this critical attitude toward arguments; philosophy does"
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Such is the nature of philosophy and that is why it is important to the field of physics. Everything cannot be calculated in physics otherwise physics would be no different from mathematics.
bhidubaap

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Debate Round No. 2
hparikh

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My opponent sent me a message saying that he cannot continue the debate unfortunately. So this debate is closed for now. I shall repost this debate for other member to accept if they are willing
bhidubaap

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Debate Round No. 3
hparikh

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Debate Round No. 4
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Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by Unbelievable.Time 1 year ago
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This is going to be interesting. I will see how it goes. Look forward to a mind-bending argument in this debate.
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