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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.
base theory on repeatable experimental results or observable phenomena that can be experienced by the senses
have uncertainty as our constant companion
constantly scrutinized and revise what is known as true, you don't arrive at truth, you refine truth
are skeptical, trusting things only when results can be repeated
realize it is more trustworthy to "falsify" a single hypothesis in a single situation than it is to prove something "true" 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
say, "show me the data"
A biological example
Notice anyone missing here?
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