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Transcript of Scientific Revolution
Science and Religion
Where does the mass of a tree come from?
Renee Descartes proposed that reality consists of two separate realms: a physical realm and a mental or spiritual realm.
The mental realm is the realm of the mind and the soul, which are viewed as being 'transcendent' to physical reality. The properties of the mental realm cannot be measured (as they don't exist physically) and thus fall outside of the realm of science.
The physical realm is the realm of matter and energy. Its properties can by measured and thus can be studied by science. Everything in this realm operates by purely mechanical properties. If you understand how the parts work, you understand how the mechanism works.
Scientific knowledge must based on observable phenomena and experimentation
Uncertainty is the constant companion of the scientist
Truth is constantly scrutinized and revised, you don't arrive at truth, you refine truth
Be skeptical, trust things only when results can be repeated
It is far more trustworthy to "falsify" a single hypothesis in a single situation than it is to prove "true" an idea for all situations
This idea kept Descartes from being burned at the stake
It also created a divide between church and science that would not be crossed for centuries
Jean Baptist Van Helmont
Show me the math
A biological example