From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> Date: Mon, 13 May 2013 01:43:19 +0100 Archived: Mon, 13 May 2013 06:07:53 -0400 Subject: Pulling Some UFO UpDates 'Threads' Together Hello List, A while ago got to reading past posts on this List (eats up time - good stuff pulls you in). Long-running debates keep cropping up. Maybe we could divide them into : 1) the ETH ('ET' or _empty_ nuts 'n' bolts craft?) versus non- corporeal ('trickster' or myth 'n' legend? [A.J.'s query]) 2) 'high strangeness' (exotic radiation or mind control) versus 'observer effect' (UFO 'attractors' or pre/post mental damage/psychiatry). Today found a must-read memo for 'The Metaphysics of Science - An Account of Modern Science in Terms of Principles, Laws and Theories' by Craig Dilworth; (here's the Springer description: http://tinyurl.com/caezhwo). Looking at other pro+con reviews found why it's a must-read. (in the 'Metapsychology' review: http://tinyurl.com/d2cju2o). a) "The core principles of causation is given a non- supernaturalist but not necessarily physicalist interpretation at one point (p. 57) but it is unclear what non-physicalist interpretations Dilworth think the principles imply, as I discuss below. In his comparison of Western science with parapsychology, magic, Chinese science, and spiritual claims of Western religions, he states that Western science has adopted an exclusively physical understanding of uniformity of nature, substance, and causation. Dilworth seems open to non-physical interpretations of the core principles from studies of these alternatives". - which seems to have a bearing on our first debate. b) "Dilworth omits consideration of psychology or psychiatry as sciences. It would be useful to clarify the ways his account distinguishes accounts of mind he presumably accepts as scientific from those he thinks non-scientific". - which appealed to me personally (see Buckle on 'psychology' at www.perceptions.couk.com/buckle1.html) and certainly seems to apply to our second debate. BTW - reading between the lines, Dilworth seems almost equally sceptical of the scientific standing of some other 'social sciences' - like economics. I'll go with that. Cheers Ray D Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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