Thursday, 16 September 2010

Morning Scepticism: Induction

Because empirical knowledge about the world relies on induction, we can't be certain about anything. Just because every white swan has been observed thus far, it doesn't mean all swans are white. This is a limit of knowledge, not a problem. Those who highlight the problem of induction curiously enough don't put their doubts over the validity of scientific knowledge to the test and see whether they'll fly if they jump off a tall building. After all, they can't be certain they'll fall to their deaths...

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