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  1. #1 philosophy of discoveries 
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    Hello there

    I've been wondering about the philosophy of discoveries and I've came to the conclusion that discoveres can come from three ways

    1- an idea leads to an idea by deriving or deduction.
    2- Intended experiments
    3- Chance

    The painful thing is that many valueable discoveries were discovered by chance, I am thinking what if they have disappeared? is there a possibility that they will rediscovered? can they be rediscovered by deduction or intended experiments? It sounds to me that that's scientist chance could be the other's scientist intended experiment or deduction and the ideas are street routes, there are many ways to reach ideas, I am imagining that I have a country and importing knowledge to it isn't allowed due to imposed sanction on my country and the only solution to my country is to invade somewhere and force their scientists to teach my country illiterates


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    Quote Originally Posted by Knowledger
    Hello there

    I've been wondering about the philosophy of discoveries and I've came to the conclusion that discoveres can come from three ways

    1- an idea leads to an idea by deriving or deduction.
    2- Intended experiments
    3- Chance
    does this mean ?

    1- Thinking
    2- Experimenting
    3- Doing Nothing

    i think i understand what you are getting at.

    althought i think i might have number 3 wrong because Columbus certainly wasn't doing nothing when he found America. Maybe that goes in number 2. and couldnt you say that 3 could be "Unintended Experiments" because for something to be discovered the person has to be looking for something in particular. Otherwise everything could be a discovery!! I just discovered some trash! i think ill throw it away.

    back to you.


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    Yeah, I agree, and this is pretty obvious. I agree with Mike Gordon when he said, "The best things are those on which you stumble."
    I desire mercy, not sacrifice.
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