Dialog on list (fwd)

Keith Cowan (cowan@pci.on.ca)
Sun, 20 Nov 1994 21:25:54 -0500 (EST)

> Daniel Aronson
> dacce@world.std.com
> P.S.: It seems questions of utility and evidence are not restricted to
> the "soft" sciences: Recent observations from the repaired Hubble
> telescope seem to provide data that would make the oldest stars older
> than the accepted age of the universe, according to the accepted methods
> for determining those ages. Some think this means that it is time for a new
> theory, and others that the data is wrong or incomplete.
Just so! If we reject approaches that apparently work for lack of scientific
evidence, we are doomed to reject all of engineering which has proceeded to
build a world based upon approximations and approaches that work with
incomplete scientific support. Let's try not to turn L-O into a dogmatic
scientific debating forum. The fact is that much so called evidence is
merely convenient assembling of statistics to support an assertion...
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