Science and Unexamined Philosophical Baggage
A quotation for the weekend:
Scientists sometimes deceive themselves into thinking that philosophical ideas are only, at best, decorations or parasitic commentaries on the hard, objective triumphs of science, and that they themselves are immune to the confusions that philosophers devote their lives to dissolving. But there is no such thing as philosophy-free science, there is only science whose philosophical baggage is taken on board without examination. Daniel Dennett, Darwin's Dangerous Idea, 1995, p.21.
Well put. Too bad Dennett is not more aware of, and honest about, his own philosophical baggage.
More on philosophy and worldviews here and here.
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