In a message dated 11/6/2002 2:41:13 AM Eastern Standard Time, [log in to unmask] writes:
Imre Lakatos (the philosopher of science) offered a useful concept in
his idea of “research programs” with “protected cores.“ When a
theoretical or experimental result comes along that seems to refute a
research program, its core is not affected. Instead new kinds of
explanations, hypotheses or processes are added to the program so that
its core concepts remain intact. The only way a research program can be
derailed is if it ceases to grow as fast as some rival program.
The core ideological aspect of the Darwin regime is not a reserch program, but a frozen religion. The idea some rival program can displace is naive. There are plenty of rivals.That is just another excuse for doing nothing.
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