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TITLE 21Century Science's Challenge & philosophy's response
TYPE Science Communication Forum/Lecture
DATE/TIME 2006-04-26
PLACE APCTP Headquarters
SPEAKER Yi-moon Park

(I) Science's Challenge
 a) Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Einstein "
 b) Jacques Monod, Chance and Necessity(1970)
 “The ancient covenant is in pieces man knows at last that he is alone in the universe's unfeeling immensity, out of which he emerged only by chance. His destiny is nowhere spelled out, nor is his duty. The kingdom above or the darkness below: it is for him to choose.”(180)
 c) Paul Davies, God & the New Physics(1983)
 “I began by making the claim that science offers a surer path than religion in the search of God. It is my deep conviction that only by understanding the world in all its many aspects---reductionist and holist, mathematical and poetical, through forces, fields, and particles as well as through good and evil---that we will come to understand ourselves and the meaning behind this universe, our home.”(229)
 d) Edward O. Wilson, Consilience(1998)
 “According to Alexander Rosenberg"philosophy addresses just two issues: the questions that sciences-physical. Biological and social cannot answer, and the reasons for that incapacity. Now of course there may not be any questions that the sciences cannot answer eventually, in the long run, when all the facts are in, but certainly there are questions that sciences cannot answer yet. However it neglects the obvious fact that scientists are equally qualified to judge what remains to be discovered, and why. There has never been a better time for collaboration between scientists and philosophers, especially where they meet in the borderlands between biology, the social sciences, and the humanities We are approaching a new age of synthesis, when the testing of consilience is the greatest of all challenges. Philosophy, the contemplation of the unknown, is a shrinking dominion. We have the common goal of turning as much philosophy as possible into science.”(12)

(II) philosophy's response
 a) Blaise Pascal
 “Thinking reed”, “God of Abraham, not of philosophers”
 b) Friedrich Nietzche, The Will to Power(?)
  "To see science through the lens of art and art through the lens of life
 c) Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962)
  Paradigms are constitutive of science,.. and they are constitutive of nature as well”(p.110)
 d) Gregory Bateson, Mind and Nature(1979)
 “Science  never proves anything”(p.27)
 e) Fritjof Capra, The Web of Life(1996)

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