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Einstein vs Logical Positivism

Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:24 am
by Philosophy Now
Rossen Vassilev Jr. asks if modern physics has become too metaphysical.

https://philosophynow.org/issues/133/Einstein_vs_Logical_Positivism

Re: Einstein vs Logical Positivism

Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:11 am
by A_Seagull
Philosophy Now wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:24 am
Rossen Vassilev Jr. asks if modern physics has become too metaphysical.

https://philosophynow.org/issues/133/Ei ... Positivism
The author wrote: "Soon, Karl Popper in his Logic of Scientific Discovery pointed out a problem with verification: no number of observations that agree with a theory can ever conclusively prove it true."
This is only a problem if you think it is a problem. And it doesn't have to be a problem

Also the author wrote: "After all, what is one to think when America’s best-known living cosmologist, Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson, following the philosopher Nick Bostrom, says that the likelihood of the Universe being a digital simulation “may be very high…"

Saying it has a 'likelihood' is not meaningful. As either it is or it isn't and it is now. I think what was meant is that it is a 'possibility'.

Re: Einstein vs Logical Positivism

Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:01 am
by Jai
A. Einstein did call himself a logical positivist as he only believed theories had meaning and validity if there could be some proof. The theories that have expanded relativity into speculations on exact beginnings of the universe, different movements of time and multi universes would have had little interest to him. later in life A Einstein made many statements on morality, Tsionism and said that he regretted not having spent more time on spirituality. For example he said 'Consciousness creates the illusion that we are separate individuals.' my own paraphrase.