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Difference Between Philosophy and Science

Kingbtd
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11/18/2015 7:29:48 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
The Great Debate

A quantum physicist and a philosopher are in a laboratory standing in front of a sealed Schr"dinger box when the physicist says to the philosopher: "So what do you think? Will the cat be alive or dead when we open the box?" The philosopher doesn't say anything, but only shrugs his shoulders. "You philosophers always did have a hard time communicating ideas about reality," responds the physicist to the philosopher"s apparent apathy. The physicist then goes on, untouched by the philosopher's dumbness, and says, "Okay, here we go," and opens the box. "Look, the cat's dead," he comments.
Inspired, the philosopher turns to the physicist and says, "Oh really, I just heard a tree fall in the woods."
Bob13
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11/18/2015 10:03:03 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 11/18/2015 7:29:48 AM, Kingbtd wrote:
The Great Debate

A quantum physicist and a philosopher are in a laboratory standing in front of a sealed Schr"dinger box when the physicist says to the philosopher: "So what do you think? Will the cat be alive or dead when we open the box?" The philosopher doesn't say anything, but only shrugs his shoulders. "You philosophers always did have a hard time communicating ideas about reality," responds the physicist to the philosopher"s apparent apathy. The physicist then goes on, untouched by the philosopher's dumbness, and says, "Okay, here we go," and opens the box. "Look, the cat's dead," he comments.
Inspired, the philosopher turns to the physicist and says, "Oh really, I just heard a tree fall in the woods."
That doesn't make sense. Anyways, the difference between science and philosophy is that scientists study the natural world and what can be observed, while philosophers theorize about abstract concepts such as supernatural forces and morality.
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11/18/2015 10:32:34 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 11/18/2015 7:29:48 AM, Kingbtd wrote:
The Great Debate

A quantum physicist and a philosopher are in a laboratory standing in front of a sealed Schr"dinger box when the physicist says to the philosopher: "So what do you think? Will the cat be alive or dead when we open the box?" The philosopher doesn't say anything, but only shrugs his shoulders. "You philosophers always did have a hard time communicating ideas about reality," responds the physicist to the philosopher"s apparent apathy. The physicist then goes on, untouched by the philosopher's dumbness, and says, "Okay, here we go," and opens the box. "Look, the cat's dead," he comments.
Inspired, the philosopher turns to the physicist and says, "Oh really, I just heard a tree fall in the woods."
Scientist "helium rises"
Philosopher, "what do you mean by rise"
Scientist, "it moves upwards"
Philosopher, "is upwards a direction"
Scientist, "yes, it is up from the ground to the sky"
Philosopher , "is that a direction"
Scientist, "only if you're on planet Earth"
Philosopher, "what direction is it to people directly on the opposite side of the world in relationship to them in regards to the helium where we are?"
Scientist, "it is down"
Philosopher, "what direction is it from an observer in outer space"
Scientist, "to them it has no direction"
Philosopher, "then why did you claim up is a direction?"
Scientist, "it's a matter of perspective"
Philosopher, "as is science in a lot of cases"
Me, What the h'll are you 2 talking about?
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11/19/2015 5:41:11 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 11/18/2015 10:03:03 PM, Bob13 wrote:
That doesn't make sense. Anyways, the difference between science and philosophy is that scientists study the natural world and what can be observed, while philosophers theorize about abstract concepts such as supernatural forces and morality.

From a phenomenological standpoint, science is delivered through perception. So philosophy, science and math are closely related in that science and math can also be interpreted in or as a historical process of perception. Take Leibniz as example, his work, it is argued, lays the ground work for science and math (as well as analytical philosophy) for the next three hundred years -- look up the history of bin-nary numbers and you'll see that it was Leibniz who set the stage for our modern bin-nary system. Or then there's Ernst Cassirer already laying the logical groundwork with things like "symbolischen Pr"gnanz" for what would become, fifteen years later, theories underpinning quantum physics. And as for Spinoza...well, Spinoza's influences on modern science are hard to pin down, but it could be said that without Spinoza's Definition of God, even great thinkers like Einstein would not have been able to make any contributions to science. Erwin Schr"dinger actually created, with the use of his dead/live cat, the "paradox" as a way to disprove the, at the time, arising theories in quantum mechanics, and had not intended that the paradox would become a principle supporting quantum theories and mechanics. So if you understand the quagmire that Schr"dinger's Cat presents in the department of "perceptions" then you'd understand the above allegory. Cheers