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Re: The van Gogh Fallacy

From: Cathy Reason <CathyM.nul>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 06:59:06 +0100
Archived: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 11:13:10 -0400
Subject: Re: The van Gogh Fallacy

>From: Gerald O'Connell <gac.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 16:56:52 +0100
>Subject: Re: The van Gogh Fallacy

>Although rationalism and empiricism are often (more through
>tradition than anything else) seen as contrasting schools of
>epistemology, there is in fact nothing at all contradictory
>about the term I have used.

It has nothing to do with tradition. Rationalism and empiricism
just happen to mean quite different and contradictory things.

>All rationalist thought must have
>assumptions - more formally, any logical system must have its
>axioms - and the empirical rationalist merely takes, wherever
>possible, empirical data as the support for, or source of, those

This is the method of textual analysis and literary criticism,
not science. Even in mathematics this sort of formalism has been
discredited for over a century.


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