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    The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn

    Structures by Thomas S. Kuhn is an excellent book that explains the nature of science. Though written by a non-Christian author, it is a great resource that questions the objective claims of science.


    Few people who are not actually practitioners of a mature science realize how much mop-up work of this sort a paradigm leaves to be done or quite how fascinating such work can prove in the execution.

    And these points need to be understood. Mopping up operations are what engage most scientists throughout their careers. They constitute what I am here calling normal science. Closely examined, whether historically or in the contemporary laboratory, that enterprise seems an attempt to force nature into the preformed and relatively inflexible box that the paradigm supplies.

    No part of the aim of normal science is to call for new sorts of phenomena; indeed those that will not fit the box are often not seen at all. Nor do scientists normally aim to invent new theories, and they are often intolerant of those invented by others.

    Instead, normal scientific research is directed to the articulation of those phenomena and theories that the paradigm already supplies.

    Posted by Marco on June 17, 2014 10:34 AM


    While a love the book, he is indeed wrong. See Donald Davidson's ‘On the Very Idea of a Conceptual Scheme'

    resent day science is an example of group think, suggestive of the failure to think outside the box, and lacking a holistic scientific method. If memory serves correctly, Petrus Ramus is reported to have stated that: "If the rule is true, and the exceptions are true, then the truth is both the rule and the exceptions." Whether he did or did not say such thing, it is interesting to note how the Puritans had their list of contrarieties. Thinking outside the box is prompted by the word of God written as it anticipates much of what is being said today and more beyond. One Puritan stated that our problem with the Bible is its perspicuity or, in today's language, its clarity. It is the depth and the profundity of the ideas set forth that is problematic for us.

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