Thought on Science “Working”

It is very common to hear the claim that science “works”–works in the sense of comes to an agreement or consensus about a theory and moves forward with it–and because science “works”, we are told, we should place most of our trust in it rather than in other methods of discovering the truth; but the interesting thing is that the only reason that science “works” is because the scientific enterprise simply assumes and takes for granted a vast number of things that other truth-seeking disciplines cannot merely accept by fiat, and thus, in reality, when it comes to disciplines that pursue the full and non-question-begged truth, the scientific enterprise is a lowly second to other disciplines, such as philosophy.

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