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  1. #1 Empirical methods to test non-empirical beliefs. 
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    To really have scientific method to test the metaphical. How might we do this?

    Two things to consider. One the appeal or benefit for believing what is true.

    The second item, the consequinces of believing something that is not true.

    Now the sheer number of beliefs which are non-empirical in nature make the odds of choosing a correct belief, small at best. And likelihood that none of them being true.

    Yet people beiieve all kinds of superstitions.

    The objective is to have a method or methods by which false beliefs can be exposed.


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    The objective is to have a method or methods by which false beliefs can be exposed.
    It's called science.

    Seeing as there are still branches of the Flat Earth Society all over the globe, you get some idea of what you're asking.

    Just writing the depressingly long list of wrong scientific beliefs espoused by plenty of educated people should give you cause to pause. Evolution, vaccination, racial/ethnic differences, germ theory, climate theory, relativity, HIV-AIDS all have plenty of 'educated' public opposition to the generally accepted scientific understanding by people who really should know better. And then you find there are some well-regarded scientists who believe in astrology, homeopathy and other creaking relics of a pre-scientific understanding of the world.

    Trying to take superstition itself head-on? There's no Nobel Prize for education, but anyone who can succeed at this would deserve one.


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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    The objective is to have a method or methods by which false beliefs can be exposed.
    It's called science.
    Well, maybe we need to understand first, how we know what we know.

    The philosophy of science is empirism.

    The there are the methods of science. Sometimes described as observation, hypothesis, experiment, falsification or conformation -a working theory.

    With metaphysics we are working with non-empirical claims.

    At issue how to discern whether such claims are true or not. Or if its truth can not be tested, then a reason as to whether or not it should be considered.
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