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Being Empirical

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  • Originally Written: 11-Jul-2021

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Empiricism: the theory that all knowledge is derived from sense-experience. Stimulated by the rise of experimental science, it developed in the 17th and 18th centuries, expounded in particular by John Locke, George Berkeley, and David Hume.

There exists, in this world, a veil of perception that prevents us from seeing reality for how it truly is.

Therefore, the ways through which we view the world can never be constant, lest we find our worlds incongruent with the one we perceive in our minds.

In science, we use the senses to arrive at conclusions about how things happen in the natural world.

We, as humans, seek to create order with the information we have about the natural world in order to arrive at certain truths.

However, how we arrive at certain truths depends our method of approach to what we identify for ourselves as the truth.

Enter reasoning.

Deduction: the process of starting with a premise considered to be true and then apply it to a particular case. In that scenario, we decide to test it on validates the premise we start with, then we determine it to be a certain truth about the context in which we apply it.

Induction: inferring a general truth after a series of established scenarios about a particular context. In this case, we are not deciding on whether something is considered to be true, we infer it.

One method is quicker while the other is what we use in what is called the scientific method.

The way we do science now can never be trusted to arrive at certain truths.

Why?

We are limited to the things we have on this planet to experiment on, frankly.

Additionally, it does not matter what method you use to arrive at certain truths.

For the only way to make true progress, one must constantly strive to make today's truths tomorrow's punchline.

Therefore, the limitations our senses have in our ability to perceive the world around us only allow us to develop truths of fact, not true certainty.

Certainty is what we all want to feel in our lives.

Certainty in survival, security, and safety.

Certainty in our relationships, goals, and endeavors.

But certainty is what we can never have.

For we cannot see clearly before us everything as it works.

We never will.

That's part of the fun.

And the deeper we get.

The more we learn.

How little we actually know.

Happy exploring.