|Posted on January 25, 2011 at 4:44 PM|
Can the Paranormal be Proven By Science?
"Human experience includes a wide range of different dimensions and there are more aspects of PSI experiences to be studied other than ostensible paranormality."
The Scientific Method is a way to ask questions by making observations and doing experiments. Many paranormal investigations are observational and seek evidence, but without experiments and controls, it is difficult to call it scientific evidence........
So here lies the differences of opinions...First of all, what do we need to do in applying the scientific methods during our investigations so the experiments are condusive to the evidence we are trying to capture?
Second of all how can we use this evidence in away that science will either support or counter a theory or idea to be empirical evidence of paranormal?
Again I ask Can the paranormal be proven by science?
Well, first of all, the goal of science is not to prove anything. Science can never really prove anything. What it does is provide overwhelming evidence in support of an idea. Science uses empirical evidence or properly documented evidence in accordance with the scientific method that combined with inference will either be used to support or counter a theory or idea. Science is used to solve problems. Take the laws of thermodynamics for example. They became laws not because they were proven. It has become a law because evidence continues to have consistent support for it. You can demonstrate the law of thermodynamics quite easily, providing evidence for it, but in doing so, is it not proving it?
"Proof..in science there is no "knowledge", in the sense in which Plato and Aristotle understood the word, in the sense which implies finality; in science, we never have sufficient reason for the belief that we have attained the truth... This view means, furthermore, that we have no proofs in science (excepting, of course, pure mathematics and logic). In the emperical sciences, which alone can furnish us with the information about the world we live in, proofs do not occur, if we mean by 'proof' an argument which establishes once and for ever the truth of a theory.'And that is where we stand now in theory abounds and in theory alone .We can argue until the end of time and still be alone in theory so science is.
If you thought science was certain - well, that is just an error on your part."
Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988)
Richard Phillips Feynman (pronounced /ˈfaɪnmən/, May 11, 1918 – February 15, 1988) was an American physicist known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics and the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as well as in particle physics (he proposed the parton model). For his contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics, Feynman, jointly with Julian Schwinger and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965. He developed a widely used pictorial representation scheme for the mathematical expressions governing the behavior of subatomic particles, which later became known as Feynman diagrams. During his lifetime, Feynman became one of the best-known scientists in the world.
He assisted in the development of the atomic bomb and was a member of the panel that investigated the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. In addition to his work in theoretical physics, Feynman has been credited with pioneering the field of quantum computing, and introducing the concept of nanotechnology. He held the Richard Chace Tolman professorship in theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology.
Feynman developed two rare forms of cancer, Liposarcoma and Waldenström's macroglobulinemia, dying shortly after a final attempt at surgery for the former on February 15, 1988, aged 69. His last recorded words are noted as "I'd hate to die twice. It's so boring