16. Reality - What Scientists Really Say About Science

  1. James R. Flynn

Published Online: 8 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118314999.ch16

How to Improve Your Mind: Twenty Keys to Unlock the Modern World

How to Improve Your Mind: Twenty Keys to Unlock the Modern World

How to Cite

Flynn, J. R. (2012) Reality - What Scientists Really Say About Science, in How to Improve Your Mind: Twenty Keys to Unlock the Modern World, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118314999.ch16

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 27 JUL 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119944768

Online ISBN: 9781118314999

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Keywords:

  • enemies of science;
  • reality, what scientists really say about science;
  • Anti-Keys or concepts, that impede rationality/critical thinking;
  • reality as a text, perceptions of reality, constructs and nature of progress;
  • notion of reality as subjective, misunderstandings reinforcing one another;
  • perceptions of reality, false information about the real world;
  • constructs of reality, asserting relations of cause and effect;
  • nature of scientific progress, misunderstanding science, confusing people;
  • philosophers, tests of theory to the end of time, verifying predictions;
  • sociology of knowledge, science towards the reality

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Reality is a Text

  • Perceptions of Reality

  • Constructs of Reality

  • The Nature of Scientific Progress

  • What the Philosophers Said

  • The Sociology of Knowledge

  • Immanuel Kant

  • Multiple Interpretation of Reality

  • How Truth Relativity Self-Destructs

  • Hatred for a Word

  • Even Muddled Minds can Teach us Something

  • References