Notices
Results 1 to 11 of 11

Thread: Scientific mythology

  1. #1 Scientific mythology 
    Suspended
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    1
    scientific mythology comprises a collection of anecdotes that inform the public understanding of the history of science and the history of technology. some of these anecdotes are factually established, some are of questionable repute, and some are known to be false among scholars. historians use the term "myth" to describe these popular accounts of the past that are not supported by current historical research. these mythological accounts have permeated the history of science.
    -----------------------------
    catyjane

    guaranteed roi


    Reply With Quote  
     

  2.  
     

  3. #2 Re: Scientific mythology 
    Forum Ph.D. Leszek Luchowski's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Gliwice, Poland
    Posts
    807
    Moderator!


    Leszek. Pronounced [LEH-sheck]. The wondering Slav.
    History teaches us that we don't learn from history.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  4. #3 Re: Scientific mythology 
    Forum Professor sunshinewarrior's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    London
    Posts
    1,526
    Quote Originally Posted by catyjane
    historians use the term "myth" to describe these popular accounts of the past that are not supported by current historical research. these mythological accounts have permeated the history of science.
    -----------------------------
    catyjane

    guaranteed roi
    Maybe. but what's the point? It says, as you point out, nothing about science itself, simply about public understanding of the history of science.

    So create some new myths. Do the work and the research. Change the textbooks. Whatever...
    Reply With Quote  
     

  5. #4 Re: Scientific mythology 
    Forum Ph.D. Leszek Luchowski's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Gliwice, Poland
    Posts
    807
    Quote Originally Posted by sunshinewarrior
    Maybe. but what's the point? It says, as you point out, nothing about science itself, simply about public understanding of the history of science.

    So create some new myths. Do the work and the research. Change the textbooks. Whatever...
    Catyjane is probably a bot, posting loose fragments which bear some resemblance to our discussions. Note that it didn't ask any question, or propose any controversial view to stir us into dispute - just some prose and a link.
    Leszek. Pronounced [LEH-sheck]. The wondering Slav.
    History teaches us that we don't learn from history.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  6. #5 Re: Scientific mythology 
    Forum Professor sunshinewarrior's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    London
    Posts
    1,526
    Quote Originally Posted by Leszek Luchowski
    Quote Originally Posted by sunshinewarrior
    Maybe. but what's the point? It says, as you point out, nothing about science itself, simply about public understanding of the history of science.

    So create some new myths. Do the work and the research. Change the textbooks. Whatever...
    Catyjane is probably a bot, posting loose fragments which bear some resemblance to our discussions. Note that it didn't ask any question, or propose any controversial view to stir us into dispute - just some prose and a link.
    Oooh. I didn't notice the spam-link-removed link thingy...

    Thanks for that.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  7. #6  
    Universal Mind John Galt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    14,169
    The intriguing thing is that some of these bots are posting more coherent, interesting, grammatically correct material than some of our members.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  8. #7  
    Forum Ph.D. Leszek Luchowski's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Gliwice, Poland
    Posts
    807
    Quote Originally Posted by Ophiolite
    The intriguing thing is that some of these bots are posting more coherent, interesting, grammatically correct material than some of our members.
    I hope they haven't yet learned how to generate it big style - they just glean similar prose from the web, possibly from very good human authors.
    Leszek. Pronounced [LEH-sheck]. The wondering Slav.
    History teaches us that we don't learn from history.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  9. #8  
    Forum Junior
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    266
    the founding myths of science, i am all too aware of them, such as people believing the earth had been flat before columbus (implying that the church kept people that ignorant.) the wilberforce vs. huxley debate in which is a work of teleology and full of anachronismsl, the reaction of the church to copernicus - big myth. every institution needs its myths, religion, boyscouts, the united states and science
    Reply With Quote  
     

  10. #9  
    The Doctor Quantime's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    United Kingdom
    Posts
    4,546
    Quote Originally Posted by Ophiolite
    The intriguing thing is that some of these bots are posting more coherent, interesting, grammatically correct material than some of our members.
    Oi! What you talkin' about guv? I never mek a mistak.
    "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe". - Carl Sagan
    Reply With Quote  
     

  11. #10  
    WYSIWYG Moderator marnixR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Cardiff, Wales
    Posts
    5,760
    425 Chaotic Requisition, the dyslexic bot
    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." (Philip K. Dick)
    Reply With Quote  
     

  12. #11  
    Time Lord
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    8,046
    I wonder sometimes if the reason archaeology insists that humanity has only been capable of advanced accomplishments for a few thousand years is because they don't want to offend the christian right.

    It's like it's kind of a compromise with the young Earth theorists. Science can assert, based on geological evidence, that the Earth is much older than a mere 6,000 years, but archaeologists must then temper the argument by maintaining that, whether the earth was here or not, any Sapiens alive that long ago were all ignorant tribesfolk running around with spears and hooting and hollering with the Neanderthals.


    Suggest that anything genuinely noteworthy or civilized should be occurring back then, and the bible would truly fold in on itself as an authoritative history of humankind's achievements.
    Reply With Quote  
     

Bookmarks
Bookmarks
Posting Permissions
  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •